Meta Smart Glasses Get Multimodal AI Capabilties and New Styles

Meta Smart Glasses Get Multimodal AI Capabilties and New Styles

Of all the AI devices currently on the market, Meta's smart glasses collection is probably the most functional, and definitely the most fashionable. Their second-generation smart glasses, a collaboration with EssilorLuxottica, has been a resounding success, with demand outpacing supply. Today, the company is introducing new styles and features ahead of the summer season.

Firstly, their multimodal AI update (previously in testing), is now rolling out to all users in the US and Canada in beta. This allows the wearer to ask the Meta AI Assistant about what they're seeing, and get smart and helpful answers or suggestions. The AI assistant can understand and respond to queries about the user's visual surroundings, offering a truly hands-free experience. For example, users can ask their glasses to translate a menu in French or generate Instagram captions, all without having to pull out their phones or stare at a screen.

In addition, the glasses now support video calling with WhatsApp and Messenger, allowing wearers to share their viewpoint and connect with others directly through their glasses. Users can now share their view with friends and family during video calls, completely hands-free. This feature is particularly useful for sharing memorable moments or seeking advice while on the go, such as during grocery shopping or outdoor activities.

To complement the AI-powered features, Meta is expanding the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses collection with new styles designed to fit more face shapes. The new additions include the vintage-inspired Skyler frames, featuring a cat-eye design suitable for smaller faces, and a low bridge option for the Headliner frames, which addresses common fit issues such as glasses sliding down the nose or pressing on the cheeks.

The expanded collection offers hundreds of custom frame and lens combinations through the Ray-Ban Remix platform, allowing users to personalize their glasses. The new styles are also designed to be prescription lens compatible, making them accessible to a wider range of users. Skyler and the new Headliner low bridge fit are available for pre-order in 15 countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, and throughout Europe.

Meta is also introducing their first, limited-edition Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses in an exclusive Scuderia Ferrari colorway for Miami 2024. This is available on available April 24, 2024.

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