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From the rock revolution of the ‘60s, to the art scene of the ‘80s, to the forefront of hip-hop culture – Wayfarer has become an enduring icon across endlessly shifting horizons. Now the journey continues with the latest in wearable tech. Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer integrates the best of your phone with the timeless frame, bringing you a new way to capture and share your adventures.
Ray-Ban Stories - The new way to capture, share & listen.
In partnership with Facebook, discover our first generation of smart sunglasses and eyeglasses that keeps you connected. So you can keep your eyes on the world around you.
Capture the world as you see it.
Take photos and videos hands-free and stay immersed in the moment. The 4GB memory capacity can store 500 photos or 100 15 second videos. Take high-res photos (2592x1944 pixels) and quality video (1184x1184 pixels at 30 frames per second) with the dual 5MP camera.
Amplify your audio.
Discrete open-ear speakers allow you to seamlessly switch between taking a call and ordering a coffee. The 3 built-in microphones capture sound in all directions so you get rich voice and sound quality for calls and videos.
Never break your rhythm.
Never miss a moment thanks to the simple capture button. You can pause your song, take a photo or record a video with a single touch. Turn up the volume or skip to your favorite track using the hyper-responsive touchpad.
Share your stories.
The Facebook View App is your smart glasses operating system and content sharing companion, designed to enhance your social storytelling. Import, view and manage your photos and videos, create unique content with editing tools and share to Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.
Facebook account required.
Ray-Ban Storires requieres a Facebook account and the Facebook View App to share social content.
With Facebook Assistant voice control you can spend more time looking up, instead of down at your phone. Capture photos and video, hands-free, by saying “HEY FACEBOOK...”, “take a photo”, “take a video”, “start recording” , “capture”. Facebook Assistant is only available in English.
Stay plugged in.
Charge your frames on the go with the compact, portable charging case. A fully charged frame lasts for 4 hours and a fully charged case provides an additional 3 days of power.
Smart frames have gained popularity in recent years, the majority of which primarily act as Bluetooth headsets and afford the user the convenience of one less device to haul around. The Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer sunglasses is an attempt (a rather successful one, I might add) to go a step further with the incorporation of a dual camera setup for video and stills.
Ray-Bans have been synonymous with quality and style since the 1930s. My Shiny Brown Wayfarers with Brown Gradient lenses follow that tradition and then some more.
Included in the box are:
• Protective charging case
• USB-C to USB-C cable
• Cleaning cloth/carrying bag
• Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer
• Quick reference guide
• Safety and Warranty booklet
Underneath the familiar build and form factor, these Ray-Bans arrive with some additional tech. In addition to the previously mentioned dual cameras (5MP) located at either endpiece, the right location includes an LED indicator (capture LED) which serves to notify the surrounding audience when either a picture or video are captured. Inside the left temple is a power/pairing switch. The right temple houses the Capture Button (single press for video, long press for picture) and the Hyper-Responsive Touchpad. This touchpad supports track advance, call management and volume control functions. Inside the right temple is another LED (notification LED) that provides operational status to the user. It is a clever setup as it is located too close to your eyes to be in focus (when the sunglasses are being worn) but you will be aware when it is on and notice the various indication colors too. Typical states:
White - on an active call or capturing content
Green – device ready to use
Orange - low battery or error
Red – low battery power/imminent shutdown
The device offers 4GB of storage which are touted to store over 500 still pictures or over 30 thirty second videos; thirty seconds is the maximum length for each captured video. Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802, 11ac both help for the snappy download (technically upload) of content once captured. The battery is also rated at up to 6 hours when used “moderately”. In my experience, this could probably be achieved when used primarily as a listening device but the image and assistant functions appear to drain the device quicker.
The protective charging case is also well-built and capable of providing three charges for the frames when fully charged. Anyone who has used a device with a charging case will appreciate their benefit in quelling on-the-road panic attacks with regards to battery levels. It has a USB-C port for the included cable but the user is responsible for procuring a power block/adapter. The sunglasses magnetically attach via the right temple. There is an LED indicator in the front that indicates the battery level when the case is opened without the sunglasses docked inside: green means the case has over 80 percent of charge while orange means the charge is lower than 80 percent. Blinking red implies the case needs charging. With the sunglasses docked inside, the LED on the case displays the charging status of the sunglasses: green signifies they are fully charged while an orange pulse implies charging in progress. A red indication here also means the case is out of charge and thus the sunglasses will not be charging. It takes about 180 minutes to fully charge from empty.
Setup is fairly simple. The Facebook View App must be initially downloaded from either the Apple App or Google Play stores. Location services must be enabled on your smartphone to work with the app which guides the entire process. You will need to sign into your Facebook account during the setup. The Facebook View App essentially manages the frames settings and also captured content. There are a few basic manipulation tools for both image and video. Battery levels for both frames and charge case can also be viewed within the app when the frames are docked in the case.
Facebook Assistant offers a handsfree approach to capturing videos and images. It is rather fun (and can be addictive) to use. The key phrase for the assistant is “Hey Facebook” which “wakes” the device and have it await further instructions. There are options for a confirmation tone to notify the user the device acknowledged the command. In my experience, “picture” or “video” by themselves did not produce the intended results as the device requires a verb in addition. “Take a picture” or “capture a video” all worked remarkably well. In use, you would thus say, “Hey Facebook, take a picture”. During the setup process, various voice tones are available to pick from three distinct English accents: United States, United Kingdom and Australia. This voice provides feedback during use and announces the battery level of the frames when turned on. Additionally, there is also an option to store your voice transcripts of your interactions with Facebook Assistant ; thankfully, it is currently just that, an option and not a requirement. Messenger can also be linked to enable associated messaging and calling features.
The audio quality is adequate but can/should not be compared to in-the-ear headsets. In my opinion, no open air speaker setup (that I am aware of) fairly stands a chance as bass levels typically lack the most. Conversations are very audible for either party and discrete. The dual lenses are capable of 2592 x 1944 still resolution while video can be captured at 1184 x 1184 @30fps in the minimum. The left camera lens provides stereo depth estimation which helps deliver some cool effects when combined with the image from the right lens. In use, low-lit content suffered the most. The frames are supposed to automatically adjust for optimal quality but this is always a challenge even for standalone cameras. As a secondary or primary feature (depending on the user), have I mentioned that these sunglasses also provide high protection against sun glare? Yes, good levels of UV protection come standard too. The lenses may also be swapped for prescriptions when ordering from RayBan and insurance benefits applied directly.
In conclusion, I believe smart frames have a whole lot to offer. Just as smartphones have become ubiquitous and turned us all into news outlets, smart frames will eventually get there with better cameras and battery performance. Compared with another pair of smart glasses I own, these Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarers provide the additional camera and extended battery life features which I had been lacking. While they may not match my smartphone lenses, the sheer convenience of carrying one less device cannot be understated (think cycling, walking, jogging etc.) I would wish future iterations include some form of water resistance for the frames in the least and also include changeable/"hot swappable" lenses from the end user's perspective. This is a very commendable effort from the iconic brand and I would highly recommend.
“I can see you,
Your brown skin shining in the sun.
You got that hair slicked back,
And those Wayfarers on, baby.” – “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
This song was my first introduction to what a “Wayfarer” was – the classic Ray-Ban sunglasses. Now, Ray-Ban has updated their glasses for the 21st Century with Wayfarer Stories.
The app uses Facebook View to capture your images, so you’ll need to download that first. You will need a Facebook account to use these glasses. I see this as a negative because not everyone uses Facebook, so it limits their use. I don’t see a way around this where you could use, say, Google Photos or similar.
The app will walk you through setup. My glasses arrived without any charge, so I had to let the glasses and case charge up before continuing setup.
It’s easy to connect to your Wi-Fi by following the app prompts. The images do not import to your phone using cell data. You can change some settings, such as Automatic Import Captures (you’ll need to turn on your location permission for this) but it doesn’t say anything about using cell data, nor does it ask you if you want to use cell data.
I chose the Shiny Brown frame with Brown Gradient lenses. I usually like brown lenses better than grey, and the shade on these works well. Glasses are a bit heavy, but comfortable to wear. I was wearing a mask outside in 12-degree Fahrenheit weather while testing the glasses, and the lenses fogged up something awful. That was really annoying. The shutter was also less responsive in the cold.
Side note – the instructions say do not use while driving. That’s half of why I wear sunglasses – to keep the sun out while driving. I can also see how handy it could be to snap a photo of something quick without having to get your phone out. I understand the safety aspect of not using them, but to me it diminishes some of their abilities.
The glasses are easy to use. There are two camera lenses, one on each side of the frame The shutter is a small, silver button on the right side near the front of the glasses (sorry, lefties). It’s easy to hit it when you are adjusting your glasses if you are looking for a clandestine way of taking a photo. The functions are to press once quickly to start the video or hold the shutter for a few seconds to capture a photo. I wish it was the other way around. I kept accidentally taking video while meaning to take a photo. You cannot zoom or adjust focus – just point and shoot. In the app, you have the ability to add animation, adjust brightness, et. al., enhance, add text, and/or crop.
I attached an image showing how the photos look side by side – my Pixel 4a vs. the Wayfarers.
Another con about the product is that the video only records up to 30 seconds at a time. Again, a missed opportunity. To me, this would be great to do a Facebook Live stream without worrying about holding a phone or a selfie stick. Even though this connects to Facebook, you aren’t actually using Facebook at the same time, so no instant uploads. There’s a share arrow that allows me to use my phone to share to Facebook, Twitter, etc. It says that the images download to my Gallery, but I didn’t see them show up on my Pixel 4a, nor did they show up in my Google Photos. I had to prompt Google Photos to file the additional file on the phone to backup, and it didn’t find them all.
You can also take phone calls and listen to music on the glasses. Music playback quality is not the best. There’s nothing in the View app to change audio settings, so you are left with whatever settings for audio your phone has. The music can be heard by anyone next to you. This would be an OK feature to use while biking, running, etc. I wouldn’t recommend it for use on the city bus while you commute.
Lastly, you do have the ability to use Facebook Assistant (think Siri or Hey Google) to take photos/video. It keeps transcripts and voice recordings by default, so you’ll want to double check your privacy settings when setting it up.
Overall, I think the Wayfarers are fun for certain activities. It isn’t a must-buy for the cons I mentioned. It would make a great gift for that person who has everything or that First Adopter in your life.
I own many Bluetooth headsets and even a Bose Frame, so naturally I was interested in giving Ray-Ban Story Smart Glasses a try.
Setup was extremely easy. I just downloaded the Facebook View app, signed into my Facebook account, and followed the on-screen directions.
I was impressed with many features of these smart glasses. For starters, the carrying case doubles as a battery and recharges the glasses while not in use, preventing a dead battery. In addition, being able to take a photo or video with a voice command is helpful. Lastly, Ray-Ban added a white light near the right camera to alert anyone around that you are recording. I also like the multiple controls used by touching or sliding the side of the arm to control music, etc.
The manufacturer states that the glasses will last about 6 hours on a single charge, or 3 hours with continuous music. I was impressed with how well the battery held up, as I did not have an issue with the glasses running out of power before I placed them back in the case. I did not recharge the case for an entire week and used the glasses everyday, and my glasses are still charged at 100%. I think a good reason for this is that I remove the glasses while indoors and use my earbuds instead.
I thought Ray-Ban did a great job using sound isolating technology, and the sound during phone calls is great. However, if you plan on using these to listen to music, you may be disappointed. The music lacked any bass and sounded tinny. I also noticed the glasses did not do a great job at directing the sound toward my ear, as people nearby could hear the music.
Easy to edit and load short clips to Facebook
Call sound isolation
Tinny music sound quality
Music not well isolated to user
If you want to have a great pair of shades, a decent phone call on both ends, and the convenience of capturing a moment on video/photo with your voice or a quick button push, then these glasses are definitely for you. If you are planning on replacing a pair of earbuds to listen to music, however, these many not fit that need.
This is a really cool idea, so many features packed in a pair of glasses. Almost unbelievable. First of all the glasses are Ray Ban wayfarer & they’re fairly small, I have a small face so they work great & I don’t look like a bug. The lenses aren’t super dark either. They come in a hard case which charges the glasses magnetically while they’re folded up. Also charges them after every use. So far battery power seems to be good. A soft drawstring bag is included for storage. Set up was fairly easy through the app & all pictures & videos are stored there but you pretty much need a Facebook account to set them up. The pictures and video are pretty impressive, see pic below. They are clear & crisp & you hold down the button to capture a picture. I was taking videos at first because the video is a quick tap, that took a little getting use to. Calls were also very clear & answered by tapping the side which is also volume control. This was a bit tricky but with practice I’m sure it’ll get easier. The glasses are turned on/ off by a switch on the left, I seem to have to do this a few times till the white light comes on & then turns green. I’m not sure why that keeps happening either. For me the sound is just ok, it’s not terrible but it seems a bit tinny to me. I have the Bose frames & the sound is much better through them. I find that other people can hear your music & conversation pretty clearly, not really good for privacy. The range seems pretty good, I walked throughout my house & didn’t lose connection. I wish I could give these 4.5 stars because they are really cool, especially if you’re somewhere & want to take pictures or video quickly & without your phone. Some people say about privacy but you never know whose taking your picture when they hold their phone up either so I don’t see that being an issue. I would still recommend these because of their many uses, just a fun quality pair of glasses!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve owned several pair of Ray Ban sunglasses over the years and when I first saw these, I thought how nice it would be to always have a camera at your fingertips for those moments that sneak up on you and you don’t have a camera at your fingertips.
Removing them from the packaging you can see that the Ray-Ban tradition of quality eyewear continues here. They look nice, the lenses are clear and free from warping or defects and they are a general pleasure to wear. They are not heavy and sit well on your face or up on top of your head when you walk indoors. They come with a nice charging case that uses magnets to snap the glasses into position for charging when you dock them. It comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable, but there is no power adapter. If you need a Type-A to USB-C cable you will need to have or purchase your own cable. The case also has its own battery and if the case is charged it will also charge your glasses as you are out and about by simply docking your glasses in the case.
I downloaded the Facebook View app from the google store on my Android phone and pairing and setup was easy. You will need a Facebook account, but if you’re not a huge fan of Facebook you can upload everything to your phone and you don’t need to go through Facebook itself.
I plugged them in and let them charge overnight, eager to see how they performed the next day. When I woke up in the morning to start the day, I turned them on, and it paired with my phone. The glasses then told me I had 90% battery life remaining. I thought it odd that I just took them off the charger and only had 90% remaining, but I continued about my day. All the buttons and touch sensitive areas are in easy to reach areas, but they take some getting used to in order to avoid accidental presses.
I sat and listened to music for about 2 hours and found the speakers do give you a nice immersive sound, although they don’t have much for lower mids and nothing down low. I wouldn’t expect speakers this small to have much bass, but better mids on the lower end would be nice. Not audiophile quality, but it was nice to be able to listen to music, and with the volume at the lowest setting my wife could hardly hear them sitting just a few feet away in the driver’s seat.
We then went shopping for a travel trailer and as we walked through each trailer, I took several photos and videos. Be careful with your fingers as they can get in the way. If you record a video, you can only take 30 second recordings. I didn’t see any option in the app to stream video or take longer recordings. Picture and video quality are pretty good as I believe the sensor is 5 megapixels, however the aspect ratio is more squarish than you will get from a normal camera or even the camera on your cellphone. The glasses do have memory to store pictures and video and you can sync or transfer them to your phone via the app. You can also change the default setting to allow your glasses to automatically upload to your phone. You can use voice commands to take a picture or video if your hands are full and there is a small LED on the inside frame of the glasses you can see in your peripheral vision to let you know based on flashing and different colors what it’s doing. Low light photos during the day were not bad, but I found nighttime photos grainy.
One thing that caught me a little off guard was that these glasses can take phone calls. I went to answer my cellphone while I was paired and as I put my phone up to my ear, I noticed the sound going through my glasses. Audio was clear and the person on the other end could hear me clearly as well. A pleasant surprise.
After about 5 to 6 hours the battery was down to 15% and at that point, they keep you from uploading pictures or video to your phone. A short time later I was at 10% and they unpaired from my phone and I shut them off. At that point I was left with just a pair of sunglasses as I didn’t have another pair I could swap them out with to allow these to charge. I’ve since charged the glasses and used them over several days and each time I pull them off the charger they tell me I have 90% battery life remaining. They will go through about 10% battery life per day even if you leave them turned off. I like that the case has a battery that can charge the glasses when you’re out, but it’s not always practical to do so and I wish battery life was better. I also wish I got 100% battery life right after a full charge and battery drain when turned off wasn’t so high.
I enjoy these glasses as they are functional as smart glasses, but I do have a few gripes. I wish battery life was better, the camera had a normal aspect ratio for pictures and video, and the speakers had better mid-range. Otherwise, this is a solid pair of smart sunglasses with a nice, stylish design. The lenses and frames are typical Ray-Ban quality, and they are comfortable to wear all day long.
The Ray-Ban Stories are very nice “smart” sunglasses, which function well and are very stylish. To start, they come in a very nice, premium feeling package. Definitely make a good first impression. The glasses include a charging case, charging cable, and an extra carrying pouch that can double as a cleaning cloth to get those pesky smudges off the lenses. Setup of the glasses is fairly straightforward. You just download the app, and follow the on screen instructions. It’s all very familiar stuff if you’ve ever setup a smart device before. Keep in mind, these are very integrated into the Facebook ecosystem, so you will need a facebook account to get them up and running. Once connected, there are some very nice features, however, I don’t know if I’d quite call these “smart” glasses. Basically, what the glasses boil down to is that they have a camera on them. They also include speakers, but the quality is pretty lacking, almost like they were an afterthought. The camera functionality is actually pretty nice. It’s simple to use. You just click the button on the frame once to take a video, or hold it to take a picture. You can even use them hands free by saying “Hey facebook, take a video.” This feature actually worked pretty well. Although, getting the video to stop was hit or miss. There are lights both on the inside of the frame, and the outside so that you, as well as people around you, are aware that you’re taking a video. You are limited to 30 second videos, which I thought was a bit of a bummer. I’d prefer a little bit more freedom, but I guess they’re limited by the onboard storage. Also, since they are geared toward social media use, I guess they’re really only meant to be used for short clips anyway. The actual video quality isn’t bad, but it’s not great. I think at this point, HD should be the bare minimum that a product like this should be shooting for, if not 4K. So I was quite disappointed in this regard. Once you have the clips and pictures on the glasses, you can use the app to import them to your phone or tablet. This is done by connecting to the glasses’ own wifi connection, which is just a tad clunky, but it’s all automatic after the first time, so I guess it’s not that bad. Once on your phone, the app has some basic editing functions which allow you to easily make a nice little montage. It’s all super easy, and does a pretty good job curating clips. However, again, it’s rather limited. You can only choose up to 10 clips, and the resulting montage can only be 30 seconds. I’d definitely prefer something longer here. There should be no limit since now you’re on your device’s storage and not the glasses. Depending on your preferences, you may be better off exporting to your preferred editing app. This one works well enough, and is super easy to use, but it’s a bit too restricting for my taste. Next, I’ll briefly talk about the speakers. As stated, these almost feel like an afterthought. It’s nice to be able to play music or whatever, but they just don’t sound very good, and I don’t see why anyone would choose to listen to these over even a cheap pair of headphones. It’s nice to have the option, but I just don’t see myself using them very much. Battery life of the glasses is actually really good. You can get in a nice long session of wearing them and taking photos and videos before needing a recharge. I took them to the park for a fun day with my son, and we were there for a couple of hours and I didn’t need a recharge. Once you do need a recharge, you just pop the glasses into the case and it will recharge them. You can get two full charges out of the case before needing to recharge the case itself. Overall, I think you’ll be able to get a whole day’s use out of them if you’re on vacation or something, as long as you keep the case handy for a recharge while you have some down time. Last, fit and style. These actually look fairly stylish. At first glance, you would just think they are regular Wayfarers. The camera lenses are fairly understated, and not at all obtrusive. And even though they packed two cameras, speakers, battery, and whatever other components into these glasses, they are not at all bulky or heavy. They just feel like a regular pair of glasses, if just a slight bit heavier.
In conclusion, the Ray-Ban Stories are a very nice product, although a few things need improvement. Some of these can be fixed on the app, such as limited editing of videos. However, others need new hardware, like the video quality. Overall, if this is a product you are interested in, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I definitely had a lot of fun using them.
Glasses with built in cameras have become a big trend in the last few years. I have owned and tested a few different ones myself. One thing I have never liked is the form factor. Most of them are not very fashionable and often are not comfortable to wear. I believe the RayBan stories are here to help change that.
Design wise these glasses are not much different than normal Wayfarer glasses at least from a look’s standpoint. I believe this is one of their strong suits especially for people who already like the look and feel of normal ones. I believe Rayban did a great job in integrating the cameras and speakers without changing the overall look. The bands on the sides are a little bit thicker to accommodate the electrical components but they do not feel much different when you are wearing them. I was impressed with the audio from the speakers. It is not super loud but is great if you want to watch a video on your phone or take a phone call. I believe in a loud area these might suffer a bit but most people will not buy these purely for the audio. The cameras are built in a way that makes them extremely inconspicuous. There is a small light on the outside to tell others you are recording plus a light on the inside that you are able to see with the glasses on. The touch controls built into the site of the arms are a nice addition and work well.
I believe there is one downside to these glasses which is the Camera itself. Specifically, the quality of the camera is not on par with todays technology. The video and photo quality to me feels outdated. It is not horrible and still usable to post small shorts on Facebook or Instagram. However, I feel like for some people hoping to use these as a replacement to their phone they will be disappointed. Outdoor quality with a lot of light is much better but the quality indoors with natural light it the quality really starts to become bad. It is possible that the quality is lacking due to packing a camera into such a small package required a smaller sensor size but I still was a little disappointed.
They use a separate app to download and share the pictures. The app seems to work pretty flawlessly and it was easy to transfer the pictures/videos to the app from the glasses. From there you can easily download them to your phone or share them straight to social media. The app also has basic editing features to edit your photos and videos right in the app.
Regardless these are still and awesome pair of sunglasses. Capable of taking pictures and short videos when you want to go hands free. I believe they will give the ability to capture some great moments that you would otherwise not be able to capture.
In the box is the sunglasses, the charge case, 3m USB-C to USB-C power cable with no charging brick, a reference guide with safety and warranty information and a cleansing pouch with Rayban engraved on the bottom.
From the beginning of opening the product, I am in awe of the packaging which was very nicely done. After opening the box, you will find a larger than normal eyeglass hardshell with an engraved Rayban logo which is also the charging device. Inside of the case is the Wayfair sunglasses, which look exactly like the original frames even with the speakers in arms.
Comfort - The fit is slightly tight which is good for me because I know they won’t fall off of my face.
Functionality - The microphone and capture button are located on the right side of the glasses; there is a tiny hole in the arm towards the front underneath the Rayban logo. The speakers, are located on each arm right above ear rest. The camera is located on both sides of the front of the frame. Overall, each component works great. The microphone works very well as it picks up what you are facing and not what is in the background. For instance, if I am recording a video, the sound will pick up what I am actually recording in front of me and not what is going on behind me. The speakers sound good, you can still hear the sound without drowning out the people around you. The camera takes pretty good photos and videos and you can upload via Bluetooth to your device to the app. From there, the app has a Facebook icon to where you can post.
The four out of five stars is because of the location of the buttons. The capture button is in the area where I normally put my glasses on, so I am constantly taking photos when putting them on. I also wish there were interchangeable lenses. If I am indoors, it would be nice to change the lenses so that I can keep the glasses on all the time.
Overall, the sunglasses are really great. I have been able to listen to music, take photos and videos while I am out and about and share them through the app to Facebook and the best part is taking calls without having to switch devices. So far, everyone says that I sound clear when speaking to them during the call.
Would I recommend this to friends and family? YES!
A:AnswerAs a individual who has made prescription eyewear for over ten years I would advise against having the stories made in your prescription. In short, yes, you can have them made in your prescription. However, that is going to add even more weight on your face due to the heavy weight of the glasses in general. Combine that with the glasses not being adjustable (they cannot be fitted to your head shape). This means the glasses are going to be very prone to falling off of your head. In conclusion, consumers are more than likely going to have to have wear straps or just be frustrated they wasted their time and return the glasses.