I tried Ray-Ban Stories — the smart glasses that take photos, make calls, play music and more

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Have you ever been somewhere or with someone, and wish you would have taken a photo? When I’m having a good time, I always forget to take out my phone. Personally, I think it’s a good thing to live in the moment, but I do wish I had a photo or something to look back on. That’s why I was pretty excited to try out the Ray-Ban Stories.

Ray-Ban Stories are Ray-Ban’s version of smart glasses in collaboration with Meta. They have a built-in camera to capture photos and videos on the go, so you never have to pull your phone out when a picture-worthy moment arises. They also have two-way Bluetooth audio, so you can make calls, send messages and listen to music or podcasts — all hands-free. One thing to note is that you have to have a Facebook account to use them, though.

Ray-Ban Stories, $239.20 (Orig. $299+)

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There are three different classic Ray-Ban frame shapes to choose from: Wayfarer, Meteor and Round. You can also opt for plain clear blue light-filtering lenses, prescription lenses, transition lenses or sunglasses. I chose the iconic Wayfarer shape with tinted lenses. I don’t wear glasses regularly, so I figured I’d mostly wear mine outside.

Looking at them, you wouldn’t know that they’re “smart,” except when you take a photo or video, a small light does shine on the front. That’s probably a good thing — to let people know you’re taping — for obvious reasons. Otherwise, there are discreet buttons on the sides. It also conveniently charges in a sleek black glasses case.

Credit: Ray-Ban

I downloaded the Facebook View mobile app to start, which assists you in setting up the glasses and offers storage for all of your captured photos and videos. It also helps you connect your glasses to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Facebook Assistant, so you can control your glasses using your voice. Yes, you can simply ask your glasses to take a photo for you or make a call, so you don’t even have to press a button. Once you set them up, they’re so easy to use!

So far, I’ve just worn my glasses around my neighborhood to take pictures of my dog. However, I can’t wait to wear them on vacations. I’ve planned a trip to go skiing this winter, and I’m just imagining the great videos I’ll get of my family and me zipping through the mountains.

Ray-Ban Stories start at $299, however, they’re currently 20% off on Ray-Ban’s website (and they’re selling fast!). Unfortunately, they most likely won’t get to you before Christmas if you order online now. However, this would be a good thing to spend your Christmas cash on after the holiday — especially if you have any trips coming up in the new year.

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