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Facebook reportedly working with Ray-Ban to develop 'smart glasses'

Facebook has partnered with Luxottica to develop augmented-reality Ray-Ban glasses designed to replace smartphones according to reports

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg showing a variation of AR glasses.
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Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg showing a variation of AR glasses.

Facebook is looking beyond smartphones. The social media company has been working on augmented reality glasses out of its Facebook Reality Labs and are now partnering with Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica to get them completed for consumers between 2023 and 2025, it's been  reported

According to soures familiar with the project, the glasses are internally codenamed Orion, and they are designed to replace smartphones. The glasses would allow users to take calls, show information to users in a small display and live-stream their vantage point to their social media friends and followers.

The social media company is also working on an AI voice assistant will serve as the ecosystem for the glasses to compete with Amazon's Alexa, Google's assistant and Apple's Siri. It's a long development process and a massive undertaking for Facebook but the company isn't new to challenges as it has in the past given its infamous reputation. It appears though that Facebook are taking on Snap Inc's Spectacles.

Facebook and Luxottica have declined to offer comment.