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Facebook is reportedly teaming up with Ray-Ban maker on its smart AR glasses

Submitted by The Verge on September 17, 2019 - 3:33pm

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Facebook has been working to build its own augmented reality glasses for the past few years, and according to CNBC, it has partnered with popular eyewear brand Luxottica, makers of Ray-Ban glasses, to bring them to market in the next few years, possibly between 2023 and 2025. The news that Facebook might have found a manufacturing partner, (and a well-established one at that) could be an indication that these might not actually be vaporware.

These glasses, codenamed “Orion,” won’t be supplemental to your phone — they’re supposedly built to replace it entirely. They will reportedly be able to take calls without being tethered to a smartphone, and will show information in “a small display,” which sounds similar to Google Glass. The glasses...

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