Meta smart glasses: The AI stuff Meta promised is finally here, it seems
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Meta smart glasses: The AI stuff Meta promised is finally here, it seems

A couple of years back, I criticized Meta’s initial attempt at smart glasses, particularly the Ray-Ban version, for lacking truly smart features. Fast forward to the end of 2023, and it seems Meta has stepped up its game by introducing some genuinely cool “smart” functionalities.

In a recent software update for the latest Ray-Ban smart glasses, Meta has incorporated AI features that could prove genuinely useful or, at the very least, spark interesting conversations with your friends. Now, you can ask the glasses to translate foreign language signs into English or identify the name of a plant you’re curious about. There’s also a nifty feature that automatically generates captions for your Instagram photos.

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It’s worth noting that these features are part of an early-access beta program currently limited to the U.S. To get in on the action, simply enroll through the settings menu of the Meta View mobile app, which you’re likely already using to connect your phone with the glasses. Turn it on, kick off your voice prompts with a casual “Hey Meta,” and have fun exploring.

Up until now, Meta’s foray into smart glasses felt a bit lackluster, mainly functioning as a tool for snapping social media pics and videos. While the newer versions did come with a Meta AI voice assistant, it mostly felt like a Siri imitation before this recent update.

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Sure, these glasses still lack a flashy holographic user interface overlaying the world around you, but who knows – maybe that’s something we can look forward to in the future.

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