Ray-Ban Stories Features, Price & How to Buy: The Ultimate Guide

Facebook and Luxottica have unveiled the Ray-Ban Stories, a pair of smart glasses that sync to your phone. The glasses let you do some really cool things.

In this guide, we go over:

  • Features in the Ray-Ban Stories
  • Pricing and how to buy
  • What Facebook’s end-goal is for smart glasses and augmented reality glasses

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What are the Ray-Ban Stories?

Developed in collaboration with Facebook, the Ray-Ban Stories are smart glasses that allow you to capture your life on video. They are one of the most sophisticated examples of smart glasses.

The glasses retain some of Ray-Ban’s most iconic styles. Instead of the traditional rivet on either side of the glasses, they have multiple cameras and smart sensors included instead.

The Stories are the result of Project Aria.

Project Aria

Project Aria was announced by Facebook at the FB Connect conference in September 2020. At the time, they were called a pair of smart glasses being used as a research device by Facebook Reality Labs. 

The goal was to determine what consumer augmented reality smart glasses actually need. Facebook partnered with Ray Ban on a multi-year partnership to place technology inside their glasses.

Facebook committed to announcing a first pair of consumer smart glasses in 2021 and the Ray-Ban Stories is that pair.

Ray-Ban Stories Styles

The Stories come in 3 styles which are familiar to Ray-Ban fans: The Wayfarer, Meteor, and Round.

Wayfarer

ray-ban stories wayfarer front

The Wayfarer is the most recognizable Ray-Ban style of glasses. Originally unveiled in 1952, Wayfarer Classics have been popularity among celebrities, musicians, and artists.

Meteor

ray-ban stories meteor front

The Meteor has more lines than the traditional Wayfarer and makes an impact. Inspired by the 60s, the Meteor exudes a vintage feel while giving off a bold original look.

Round

ray-ban stories round front

The Round is Ray-Ban’s take on the round sunglasses shape. This style features a sleek flattened bridge and stylish tinted lenses. 

Ray-Ban Stories Features

So what can these smart glasses actually do?

Cameras

Notice that each pair replaces the iconic Ray-Ban side rivets with a pair of high definition cameras. These 5 megapixel cameras can capture video with the click of a button and automatically save your videos to your phone.

Buttons

On the right band of the glasses is a single button that protrudes slightly. This button can be configured to perform different functions based on how hard and long you press on it.

ray-ban stories meteor back

A touchpad is built into the side of the frames. They let you change the volume or play or pause what you are hearing. The touchpad is not noticeable on first glance, which makes the Stories look really slick.

Internal Storage

The glasses feature an internal hard drive. Facebook says that you can capture over 36 30-second video clips or 500 photos on the hard drive.

Speakers

The Ray-Ban Stories feature speakers in the left and right frame. This lets you take calls and listen to music via a Bluetooth connection to your phone.

Facebook Assistant

The Stories come with Facebook Assistant included. You can use the “Hey Facebook” wake phrase to activate it. Then, you can quickly start recordings, take a picture, or ask it to adjust your music.

Battery Life

The Stories have an internal battery that lasts for 6 hours with intermittent use. The glasses take an hour to fully charge back up. A USB-C cable included in the box is used for charging.

Carrying Case

The Ray-Ban Stories carrying case is sturdy and made of faux-leather. It has a built-in charger that can recharge your battery 3 times.

When you want to charge the glasses, you plug directly into the carrying case. The design is similar to the Apple AirPods and removes the charging port from being on the glasses themselves.

Facebook View

Facebook View is the companion app for the glasses. It lets you view photos and videos taken from your glasses.

The app also shows your information about your glasses, including battery status and Bluetooth status.

A Facebook account is required in order to setup the View app.

Ray-Ban Stories Features, Price & How to Buy: The Ultimate Guide

Pricing and Where to Buy

The original Ray-Ban sunglasses which these are based off of retail in the range of $185 to $225 USD for the polarized version. Non-polarized glasses cost in the $150 to $175 range. 

Officially, the Stories cost $299 to purchase. There is an additional cost of $30 for polarized lenses and $50 for transition lenses.

In total, there are 20 combinations of styles, sizes, colors, and lens types.

You will be able to buy the Ray-Ban Stories through the official website. They will also be available at LensCrafters and Sunglasses Hut stores. 

Ray-Bans are also freely available on Amazon, so we expect them to be there as well. You can preview the original styles of these glasses below in preparation for the Ray-Ban Stories unveiling later today.

To start, the glasses are sold in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, and Australia.

Ray-Ban RB2140 Original Wayfarer Sunglasses, Tortoise/Polarized Green, 50 mm
  • UNISEX SUNGLASSES: The Original Ray-Ban Wayfarer features legendary G-15 lenses, in both polarized and non-polarized options, perfect for both women and men. Made from high-quality glass, Ray-Ban lenses are prescription ready.
  • 100% UV PROTECTION: To protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, these sunglasses include lenses that are coated with 100% UV protection.
  • POLARIZED SUNGLASSES: The Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses feature the legendary Ray-Ban polarized lenses that improve clarity and contrast, while reducing glare and eye-strain. Made from high-quality scratch-resistant glass.
Ray-Ban RB2168 Meteor Square Sunglasses, Black/Green, 50 mm
  • 100% UV PROTECTION: To protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, these sunglasses include lenses that are coated with 100% UV protection. Made from high-quality glass, Ray-Ban lenses are prescription ready.
  • DURABLE ACETATE FRAMES: The frame is made from lightweight yet strong high-quality acetate construction.
  • MULTIPLE FRAME AND LENS COLORS: These Ray-Ban sunglasses for both men and women are designed in multiple frame colors and lens colors and treatments including polarized, gradient and solid.
Ray-Ban RB2180 Round Sunglasses, Dark Tortoise/Brown, 49 mm
  • 100% UV PROTECTION: To protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, these sunglasses include lenses that are coated with 100% UV protection.
  • MULTIPLE FRAME AND LENS COLORS: Choose from multiple colors of frames—including black and tortoise—and lenses—including non-polarized and gradient options. Made from high-quality glass, Ray-Ban lenses are prescription ready.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT LENSES: These Ray-Ban sunglasses feature high-quality, light-weight lenses that help reduce eye strain while outdoors.

The Future of Facebook and Ray-Ban

The Ray-Ban Stories are smart glasses and the first in a long partnership between Ray-Ban and Facebook. The end goal is to develop and release a consumer pair of augmented reality glasses.

What if you didn’t need to look down at your phone to get real-time data and information? Imagine 3D glasses that could give you information in your line of sight. 

The Stories are the first step towards this future reality.

Facebook Reality Labs has been gathering information on how to use and wear glasses, what components are important, and other details. 

The project, called Aria, is based off of 4 basic principles:

  1. Never surprise people
  2. Controls that matter
  3. Consider everyone
  4. Put people first

You can see more details about how Facebook will develop their AR glasses in our Project Aria guide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Check back on this guide later when we add FAQ and other details about the glasses! Comment below and let us know what you think about the Ray-Ban Stories.

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