Big Tech recasts ‘wearables’: Privacy concerns may draw regulatory glare

 Big Tech recasts ‘wearables’: Privacy concerns may draw regulatory glare

While launching Ray-Ban Stories — smart glasses for which Facebook partnered with the eyewear brand — the social networking giant’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg alluded to the product being an “important step” towards a time when “phones are no longer a central part of our lives”. As companies both in the internet and consumer electronics space attempt to harness the wearables technology, the next port of call could seemingly be augmented reality and virtual reality.

In itself, Ray-Ban Stories is a pair of normal wayfarers equipped with a camera, microphone, a set of speakers, and storage and connectivity modules, the product is a part of Facebook’s larger plan of building glasses that augment the world visually and aurally. In September last year, the company had unveiled Project Aria, a research project to help Facebook build the “first generation of wearable augmented reality devices”. Facebook is also working on…

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