BOSE FRAMES, THEY’RE SUNGLASSES AND MUCH MORE
Bose are no strangers to sound. Arguably the most recognisable household name when it comes to audio, its new wearable dubbed 'Frames', are sunglasses and so much more.
Combining the protection and appearance of stylish premium sunglasses, the functionality and performance of wireless headphones and the world's first audio augmented reality platform, Frames are already attracting fans around the globe.
While the first shipments have arrived in Australia good luck trying to get your hands on a pair just yet, as initial supplies have already been snapped up style-conscious music lovers.
Selling for $299.95 in Australia and $349.95 in New Zealand, Bose Frames look like sunglasses, but packed inside is the tiniest, thinnest, most lightweight audio system Bose has ever created.
According to Bose:
With a proprietary open-ear design, they take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from - while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private.
Since being released in the US six months ago, Bose Frames have taken the wearable category by storm. Turn them on with a single button, and they function like headphones instantly connecting via Bluetooth to your phone, contacts, the web, and all its audible content. To turn them off, flip the sunglasses upside down for two seconds.
A single charge of the lithium battery takes around two hours, said to be good for three hours of continuous use or twelve hours on standby. The built-in microphone allows you to make calls on the Frames, with the miniature speakers providing the full range of sound to you and not the outside world.
Frames also feature interchangeable lenses that block out up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays and come in two designs - Alto, which is square and angled, while Rondo, is round and smaller. Either is available in polarised (AUD 49.95, NZD 57.95) or non-polarised (AUD 29.95, NZD 34.95) versions and are sold separately.
Bose Frames feature Bose AR, or audio augmented reality. The Frames know where you are what you are facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor in conjunction with your phone's GPS. Bose AR adds a layer of audio through compatible Bose AR apps, “connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more.” We don't quite know what that all means yet, but StereoNET has a pair of Bose Frames en-route right now for a full review.
In the meantime, Sydney Hi-Fi Mona Vale's Carmelina Stillone has been out and about with Bose Frames: