Last updated on May 26, 2019
Move aside Snapchat Spectacles and Google Glass, Bose Frames is what smart spectacles should be for consumers.
Late last week, Bose has unveiled Bose Frames, a Casey Neistat-looking smart spectacles that allow you to listen to your music, take and make calls and access your virtual assistants, like Google Assistant and Siri. All these with no earbuds fitted into your ears thanks to its proprietary open-ear design.
Mehul Trivedi, director of Bose Frames, said:
“Frames are both magical and practical. With the new lens options, they’re more versatile premium sunglasses. But when you turn them on, they function like headphones, instantly connecting to your phone, contacts, the web, and all its audible content. Frames have taken the wearable category by storm since their U.S. release six months ago, and we’re really excited to bring their groundbreaking performance — and new accessories — to people all over the world.”
Bose Frames are Sunglasses, Now With Interchangeable Lenses
Bose Frames come in two timeless designs — Alto, which is square and angled; and Rondo, round and smaller. Both block up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays, weigh a mere 45 grams and come with uniformly tinted lenses — which can be easily popped out and replaced with the first Frames’ accessories. There’s a Blue Gradient, the non-polarised lens for both styles, and different polarised options for each — Mirrored Silver for Alto, and Mirrored Rose Gold for Rondo. All versions compliment Frames’ modern and minimal accents, including the gold-plated steel hinges and charging pins. And they all offer the same protection, scratch and shatter resistance as the product’s standard lenses.
Bose Frames are a Personal Audio Device
Bose Frames function like truly wireless headphones — with engineering that crushes the limitations of size-to-performance for personal listening. A minuscule, wafer-thin acoustic package is set seamlessly in each arm’s interior — rather than an earbud, or attached component — to produce discreet, jaw-dropping 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 control now, and software updates for new experiences in the future — like Bose AR.
Bose Frames are an Audio AR Wearable
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, integrate an obtrusive camera lens, or require your phone’s 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 through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more. It’s all accessible through the ease of downloading and listening, making Bose Frames better over time.
Battery and Storage
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 cloth bag and a protective case.
Details and Availability
Bose Frames come in Matte Black and two universal styles — the larger (Alto) and smaller (Rondo). They will retail for S$299 and are available in Singapore from today at travel retail stores in Changi International Airport, and from 13 June from authorised Bose dealers. The Bose Frames Lens Collection non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail for S$29, and S$49, respectively. Bose AR apps can be found in the Bose Connect app and the iOS App Store.