Facebook on Wednesday announced a partnership with ray ban maker Luxottica to launch its first smart glasses in 2021. “After spending some time with their team and visiting the factory, I know they are the right partners to help us combine the best technology with the best glasses.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a live broadcast of Facebook connect, an online campaign for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) products. < / P > < p > “I can’t go into all the details of this product, but it’s the next step on the road to augmented reality glasses.” Zuckerberg said. “And it looks good.” < / P > < p > Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook plans to launch project aria, a research device that the company will use to learn in the development of consumer smart glasses. Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of hardware, said Facebook employees and contractors will start wearing project aria glasses in company parks and public places from September. He said the glasses are not for sale and do not have augmented reality features, but capture video, audio, eye tracking and location data that Facebook can use to help develop its augmented reality smart glasses. < / P > < p > “this is a research facility that will help us understand how to develop the software and hardware needed for truly effective augmented reality glasses.” Said Bosworth. < / P > < p > Bosworth said Facebook would train employees who wear project aria glasses to tell them when and where to wear the research equipment, such as sensitive places such as toilets, which will be restricted areas. Sensitive identifiable details such as faces or vehicle license plates will be removed before Facebook uses the data collected by the device for research, he said. In addition, he said the employees would wear clothes that could easily be identified as Facebook employees. Apple extends AppleCare + purchase period: users can decide within 60 days