Finally, Smart Glasses That Don’t Look Dumb: Meta Ray-Ban Review

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Some might say there are already too many cameras out in the world, that adding a camera to a set of sunglasses is at best superfluous, and at worst creepy.

But the first time I put these Ray-Bans on, I was reminded of a quote that Parts Unknown producer Tom Vitale shared from the late Anthony Bourdain, who “often talked about how, in an ideal world, he wouldn’t be in [his own] show. It would [instead] be his point of view, like a camera moving through space, without having to see him at all.”

To be clear: I’m not sure Bourdain would have given up his beloved Persols for anything, let alone a Meta-made piece of wearable tech. But these smart glasses offer such a refined experience that even the Facebook-fatigued should give them a gander. They’re a hybrid of wearable camera and open-ear headphones, blended into a body a little bigger (and pricier) than your regular Ray-Bans, powered by an augmented-reality chipset from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon AR1 Gen 1. The company gave me a review sample at its annual Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, and after just a few hours wearing them, I didn’t wanna take ‘em off.


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This video was produced following eleven days with a Meta Smart Glasses by Ray-Ban review sample provided by Qualcomm. Production sample running release software. The device received one software update during the review process, and was evaluated based upon version V1.

Principal filming occurred at the 2023 Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii. Qualcomm provided travel, lodging and entertainment for MrMobile and other members of the media for the duration of the Snapdragon Summit.

MrMobile does not accept compensation from the manufacturers of the products he reviews in exchange for producing content. No payment was provided and no manufacturer or carrier was afforded a preview, editorial input or copy approval rights concerning this review.


00:00 “A camera moving through space”
01:37 Instagram glasses
02:02 Snappin’ photos
02:50 Blastin’ tunes
04:30 Flappin’ your gums
05:14 Photo/video samples (with VO)
07:16 Photo/video samples (live audio)
09:27 Surfshark
10:15 How to kill a review unit in 48 hours
11:42 Real Talk
12:36 Opportunities for improvement
14:22 Battery life
15:00 A useful, fun, surprisingly polished tool
15:37 Disclosures


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“Good Times” by Lunareh [Soundstripe]:

“Boys Ride Beasts” by Cloudwave [Soundstripe]:



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