The new messaging system would allow WhatsApp users to dictate and send messages through smart glasses
WhatsApp is reportedly working on a futuristic new messaging system that will work with smart glasses.
The feature allows users to dictate texts out loud into the glasses, and the message is then sent to friends and family.
Mobile software community XDA developer uncovered references to the feature hidden in the WhatsApp beta code.
The messaging service won’t remain integrated with voice assistants for now, but the feature is linked to Ray-Ban Stories – smart glasses developed by WhatsApp owner Facebook.
What are Ray-Ban Stories?
Ray-Ban Stories launched in 2021 in partnership with EssilorLuxottica and Ray-Ban.
The smart glasses look like regular glasses but can actually film the things you see and the footage can then be uploaded to social media.
The built-in 5-megapixel cameras allow you to take both photos and videos, and the three microphones also allow you to take phone calls.
Videos are recorded in 1184 x 1184 resolution at 30 frames per second with a 105-degree field of view, and you can record videos up to 30 seconds long or 2592 x 1944 photos if you prefer. The camera is activated at the push of a button or by voice command “Hey Facebook”.
Device storage holds 35 videos and up to 500 photos, but you can offload those to the new Facebook View app in seconds and simply share the device for reuse.
Just like the WhatsApp feature, you can send texts with just one voice command.
When could the feature start?
When exactly this new function could start is not yet clear.
WhatsApp may take weeks, months, or even years to develop it, and it’s entirely possible that the feature will be scrapped before it comes to fruition.