So far, the development of augmented reality experiences has focused entirely on supplementing real-world imagery with new visual information. However, how about the prospect of delivering this information to our ears rather than our eyes?
Enter Frames from Bose, a pair of $200 smart sunglasses with built in wireless earphones, which the company says will offer access to the world8217;s first augmented reality platform, Bose AR.
Unlike Google Glass there8217;s no display or camera to be seen here. Frames use a 9-axis head motion sensor and GPS from your smartphone to figure our where you are, and in what direction you8217;re looking at. From there Frames provide an informational soundtrack to what8217;s attracting your peepers.
In a press release, the German audio experts say Frames 8220;automatically add 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.8221;
As for the all-important audio experiences, Bose says the tiny acoustic package is contained within the arm of the glasses themselves, rather than through additional earbuds or a connected device. That would suggest the Frames use bone conduction technology to provide personal audio, but we8217;ve contacted Bose for confirmation.
There8217;s also a microphone and a multi-function button (below) to enable voice controls for streaming music or to access the Google Assistant and Siri. They8217;ll provide 3.5-hours of playback from the lithium battery.
8220;Bose Frames are both revolutionary and practical,” said Mehul Trivedi, director of Bose Frames. “They look and act like classic sunglasses — until you turn them on. And then you’re connected to your phone, contacts, the web, and all its audible content, just like headphones. There’s nothing else like them — they’re a breakthrough you have to see, wear, and hear to believe.8221;
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