Brands, Wearables

Bose Frame: smart sunglasses with augmented reality

American maker Bose, a leading sound expert, has introduced its original connected eyeglasses named Frames: sunglasses with built-in speakers and mic. Two versions are available with distinct fashions, but identical technology.

Frames weighs 45 g and provide 3.5 hours listening and 12 hours standby. The eyeglasses connect to a smartphone through Bluetooth. The speakers are located in the frame; the sound is directed backward at the level of the ears. The manufacturer specifies it is possible to make calls and command audio with bodily buttons positioned on the framework.

The goal of Frames would be to substitute classic wireless headphones, but also to offer an unprecedented augmented reality experience, using sound instead of visuals. To do this, Frames has a GPS chip and a 9-axis accelerometer. Thus the eyeglasses have the ability to determine (without camera) exactly what the wearer is looking at. Partnerships are signed with companies like TripAdvisor or Yelp to expand the experience.

The connected eyeglasses will be accessible January 2019 at a base price of $199. New accessories should become available after the launch.