Why view your grandma’s heated political posts on a computer when you read them on the go? Mark Zuckerberg has previously announced Facebook’s plan towards integrating digital presence into everyday life. The sunglasses are currently set to hit the market sometime in 2021.
Despite some clunky prototypes, the social media company plans to release eyewear that is stylish and akin to other Ray-Ban products. Zuckerberg has yet to reveal what features the glasses will include, only stating that there will not be any augmented reality display incorporated into the product. This begs the question, what’s the point? Are these things just sneaky cameras for playground creeps, or are we a skip, hop, and a jump away from entering the world of Ready Player One?
To me, this sounds like an episode of Black Mirror. Facebook has already been involved in plenty of legal trouble due to privacy breaches and mass amounts of data thievery. Do we really need this type of technology learning more about our private lives behind the keyboard? With Facebook inventing fancy spy goggles, and billionaire Elon Musk figuring out how to stick microchips in our heads, it seems like only a matter of time before some kind of crazy new world cyborg revolution.
Then again, Zuckerberg has claimed the technology will be funded by ads, just like the rest of Facebook’s properties. Hence, I wouldn’t buy a pair of these puppies unless you want Manscaped commercials popping into your peripherals every five minutes.