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Facebook: Taping Over Camera LED on Our Glasses is a TOS Violation

byVictor Tangermann
Sep 10
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Who would want to spend $299 on these?

Creeper Glasses

Facebook has teamed up with Ray-Ban to come up with a pair of smart sun glasses that absolutely nobody asked for.

The design is as creepy as it is familiar. There’s a tiny, spy-sized camera mounted to the sunglasses frame so everybody can creep on their neighbor while going unnoticed. No fancy augmented reality here — they’re essentially a smartphone camera strapped to a pair of glasses.

With a track record as abysmal as Facebook’s when it comes to privacy, the announcement shouldn’t come as too much of a shock — but you’d really think they would know better by now. Did we mention they cost $299?

Ray-Banned

A small LED light next to the camera is meant to warn those nearby that they’re being recorded.

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Of course, anybody could just cover it up with a small piece of tape. But as Facebook Reality Labs VP Alex Himel told BuzzFeed News, that would be a violation of the glasses’ terms of service agreement.

Which, of course, is completely unenforceable. Thanks, Zuckerberg!

Retconned

Worse yet, the social network actually had to add the LED light to the sunglasses after consulting with privacy groups, according to BuzzFeed, meaning that they weren’t even part of the original design.

There have been countless failed and unsuccessful attempts to bring smart glasses to the market. There was Google Glass and Snapchat’s Spectacles, to name a few. Even Amazon tried to make a buck off the trend.

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Where that leaves the fate of Facebook’s Ray-Bans is anybody’s guess. It’s a mystifying product that Facebook perhaps should’ve left on the R&D cutting-room floor.

READ MORE: Facebook Is Making Camera Glasses, Ha Ha Oh No [BuzzFeed News]

More on smart glasses: These AR Smart Glasses Shoot Lasers Directly Onto Your Retina


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