Smart Glasses from Meta ‘Fail’ to Live Up to Expectations.

The glasses were met with a great deal of excitement, as they were seen as a major step forward in the development of wearable technology.

Ridha Fathima
Ridha Fathima August 4, 2023
Updated 2023/08/04 at 9:56 AM

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, released its first smart glasses, Ray-Ban Stories, in September 2021. The glasses were met with a great deal of excitement, as they were seen as a major step forward in the development of wearable technology. However, the glasses have since failed to meet expectations, and Meta knows why.

Here are some of the reasons why Meta’s smart glasses have failed to meet expectations:

  • The glasses have limited functionality. Ray-Ban Stories can only do a few things, such as take photos and videos, listen to music, and control your phone’s voice assistant. This limited functionality has made them less appealing to consumers.
  • The glasses are not very discreet. The cameras on Ray-Ban Stories are visible, which has made some people uncomfortable wearing them.
  • There are privacy concerns. Some people are concerned about the privacy implications of wearing smart glasses that have cameras.
  • The glasses are too expensive. Ray-Ban Stories retail for $299, which is more than many people are willing to pay for a pair of smart glasses.

Meta is aware of the reasons why its smart glasses have failed to meet expectations. In an internal memo, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that the glasses are “not yet mainstream” and that the company needs to “do a better job of explaining the value proposition.”

Meta is working on improving the functionality of Ray-Ban Stories and making them more affordable. The company is also trying to address privacy concerns by adding features that allow users to control the cameras on the glasses.

It remains to be seen whether Meta will be able to turn things around for its smart glasses. However, the company is clearly aware of the challenges it faces and is committed to making Ray-Ban Stories a success.

In addition to the reasons mentioned above, here are some other factors that may have contributed to the failure of Meta’s smart glasses:

  • The timing was wrong. Meta released Ray-Ban Stories in the midst of a global pandemic, when many people were not interested in buying new products.
  • The competition is fierce. There are a number of other companies that are developing smart glasses, including Google, Snap, and Apple. These companies have more experience in wearable technology than Meta, and they are likely to release more competitive products in the future.

Despite the challenges it faces, Meta is still committed to the development of smart glasses. The company believes that smart glasses have the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with the world around us. Meta is investing heavily in research and development, and it is likely to release more advanced smart glasses in the years to come.

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