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Ray-Ban’s Meta sun shades can now establish and describe landmarks


AI-powered visible search options arrived to Ray-Ban’s Meta sun shades final yr with some spectacular (and worrying) capabilities — however a brand new one within the newest beta appears to be like fairly helpful. It identifies landmarks in varied areas and tells you extra about them, performing as a kind of tour information for vacationers, Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth wrote in a Threads publish.

Bosworth confirmed off a few pattern photographs explaining why the Golden Gate Bridge is orange (simpler to see in fog), a historical past of the “painted women” homes in San Francisco and extra. For these, the descriptions appeared as textual content beneath the photographs.

On prime of that, Mark Zuckerberg used Instagram to point out off the brand new capabilities through a number of movies taken in Montana. This time, the glasses use audio to supply a verbal description of Massive Sky Mountain and the historical past of the Roosevelt Arch, whereas explaining (like a caveman) how snow is fashioned.

Meta previewed the characteristic at its Join occasion final yr, as a part of new “multimodal” capabilities that enable it to reply questions based mostly in your surroundings. That in flip was enabled when all of Meta’s good glasses gained entry to real-time information (fairly than having a 2022 information cutoff as earlier than), powered partly by Bing Search.

The characteristic is a part of Meta’s Google Lens-like characteristic that allows customers to “present” issues they’re seeing by means of the glasses and ask the AI questions on it — like fruits or international textual content that wants translation. It is out there to anybody in Meta’s early entry program, which continues to be restricted in numbers. “For many who nonetheless don’t have entry to the beta, you’ll be able to add your self to the waitlist whereas we work to make this out there to extra individuals,” Bosworth mentioned within the publish.

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