Bose creates 'Frames' wearables to bring you sunglasses with added audio
Bose has introduced its own brand of sunglasses, called Frames, which combine traditional sunglasses with the functionality and performance of wireless headphones. Frames will be available globally in Spring 2019, and will be compatible with Bose's audio AR platform. The product, aimed at consumers, could also have applications for use in theme parks, visitor attractions and museums as visitor guide audio systems.
With a proprietary open-ear design, Frames can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private.
Bose Frames function like wireless headphones, a small acoustic package is set seamlessly in each arm’s interior — rather than an earbud, or attached component — to produce discreet sound for the user, and no one else. For touch and voice control, an ultra-small microphone and multi-function button are embedded on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs. The Bose Connect app provides additional features now, and software updates for new features in the future — like Bose AR.
Bose Frames are Bose AR compatible — the first commercial product embedded with the Bose audio augmented reality platform. Unlike other augmented reality glasses and platforms, Bose AR doesn’t change what you see, or use a lens or phone camera to superimpose objects in your sightline. Instead, it knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more. It’s all accessible through the ease of listening — clear-eyed, heads-up, hands-free.
Bose Frames use a lithium battery that connects to an included pogo-pin cable for charging. At average listening levels, they run up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby, and can be fully recharged in less than two hours. For smudges and storage, they come with a cleaning cloth/bag and protective case.
Bluetooth range is up to 30 ft (9-metres), battery charging time is up to 2 hours, and battery life is up to 3.5 hours of streaming music playback.
Every pair of Bose Frames is already Bose AR enabled.