Facebook's Ray-Ban 'smart glasses' will be its next big product

We have good news for those who are eagerly awaiting Facebook's next consumer device, the smart glasses.On Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed this news during Facebook's second quarter earnings conference. He also gave some insight into the company's future product cycles.He stated, "Looking ahead here. The next product release will be our first smart glasses by Ray-Ban in collaboration with EssilorLuxottica."Zuckerberg did not give any details about a release date, but he stated that the device would look like regular glasses. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the glasses had an iconic shape and let him do some really cool things.We don't know what these "pretty cool things" will look like in terms of specs and features. Facebook is still hyping this product as an instant "classic"The social media giant informed The Verge last year that the device would not be classified an Augmented Reality device and would not feature any integrated displays. The report also notes that the glasses could look similar to Amazon's Echo Frames and Snapchat's Spectacles, which are both very easy to wear with every day clothes.This earlier statement is similar to Zuckerberg's final words on Wednesday's conference call. Before moving on to other subjects, Zuckerberg stated that he was "excited" to get the smart glasses into the hands of people and continue making progress towards full augmented reality glasses.Although these "smart glasses", are not considered full AR, they are still part of Facebook Reality Labs' (FRL), the company's R&D unit for XR technologies. Project Aria, which Facebook is currently testing, could benefit from any data or feedback that these smart glasses collect.It is unknown when these Ray-Ban glasses will be launched by Facebook in 2021. It's possible that the glasses will be released by the company very soon, possibly in time for the holiday season, considering that we are already more than halfway through the year.