As much as we all love our Bluetooth earbuds and our slick sunglasses, wouldn’t it be easier if there was a way to combine them both into a single package? Your prayers have been answered, as brands have started to find new ways to incorporate the latest and greatest audio technology into sunglasses.*
Now you can take your tunes with you without having to fuss about whether or not your headphones will stay in place with Bluetooth sunglasses. No need to worry about broadcasting your music for everyone to hear either, as the speakers in most of these shades are located directly above your ears where they’ll gently radiate the music for your ears only — without disturbing others around you.
But Bluetooth sunglasses aren’t just for audio; there are plenty of great video options as well for when you want to ensure you can record that really cool moment or experience from a first-person perspective. Perfect for any outdoor activity (the beach, hiking, outdoor exercise), we have a feeling you’ll soon be reaching for these time and time again, wondering how you lived without them.
1. Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses
Bose is one of the best audio manufacturers in the world, so it makes complete sense that they’re the ones to beat when it comes to Bluetooth shades. What we love about this design is that the audio produced is barely audible to anyone other than the wearer. As mentioned, tiny speakers are included in the back stems of the glasses closest to ear for subtlety. As with all of their products, the audio quality is great, but we’re also really happy with the quality of the sunglasses too; they’re shatter- and scratch-resistant, which is a better level of protection than most fashion-oriented frames. Furthermore, the shades themselves come in both a wayfarer and rounded style, so there’s something to fit a majority of face shapes. Discreet, stylish and quality? That’s a triple threat if we’ve ever heard of one.
2. Razer Anzu Smart Glasses
A recent entrant into the Bluetooth glasses space, the Razer Anzu offer much of the same functionality as the Bose Frames, but at a lower price. While this first-generation tech has its promises, it still has a few kinks to smooth over, such as being more comfortable to wear over a long period of time. But all in all, these are a solid first effort and a worthy pair of Bluetooth glasses on their own, as well as being a promising look at things to come from Razer.
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3. Gelete Smart Bluetooth Sunglasses
Right at $40, the Gelete Smart Bluetooth Sunglasses are a great entry level for those who want to see if Bluetooth sunglasses will be a good fit for them. Much like many of the other models on this list, these open audio frames are done in a timeless Wayfarer-esque style for something that’s both functional and stylish. Complete with polarized lens and Bluetooth 5.0 functionality and IPX4 water resistance, they’ve got features that would normally jack up the price, but still manages to find a compelling sweet spot.
4. Amazon Echo Frames
GREAT FOR ALEXA USERS
When you think of smart glasses, you might have the idea of futuristic frames with the lenses doubling as screens. The Echo Frames aren’t that. Instead, the glasses look, well, like normal glasses. The two arms that go around your ears are a bit thicker to hold the microphones and speakers to talk to and listen to Alexa. The lenses are just lenses — no crazy screens or cameras with facial recognition technology. You activate the glasses by pressing the button on the top of the right arm and double-tapping the button will deactivate the microphone. Once activated, you have Alexa with you wherever you are. It’s a little more convenient than the Echo Loop, since the glasses are on your ears, you can hear Alexa’s response to your inquiries without having to bring your hand to your ear, like the Loop. The glasses connect to your phone via Bluetooth and last roughly 14 hours on a single charge, so you can wear them all day and charge them at night. Like the Echo Loop, these aren’t available for mass consumption quite yet. You’ll need to request an invitation on Amazon’s website.
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5. OhO Sunshines Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses
BEST SPORT FRAMES
With a frame that’s similar to the classic Oakley shades that were ubiquitous in the 90s, the OhO Sunshine Bluetooth audio sunglasses are a sportier look than the other frames we’ve featured thus far. The wraparound style lends itself well to running and cycling, as well as other high-octane activities. As with other shades we’ve featured, there’s a built-in microphone to let you take calls or activate a voice assistant. The polarized lens protection will help if you’re out hitting the pavement hard and will sit comfortably on your face for extended use.
6. Snapchat Spectacles 2 Bluetooth Video Sunglasses
BEST FOR VIDEO
Made for more than just sharing videos to Snapchat, the new and improved version of the Spectacles look significantly less garish than the previous edition. All the great features that made the initial Spectacles such a hot ticket item are still present here, albeit in a more subtle — and stylish — package: high-quality video recording is ready at the touch of a button (along with photos, too!). From there, they’ll sync over Bluetooth where you can share the videos in an instant to a variety of platforms including YouTube, Twitter, iMessage and yes, even Snapchat. With polarized lens and water resistance, they’re certainly built for the elements. It’s a compelling package, made even better.
7. Inventiv Bluetooth Audio Sunglasses
These black and orange Bluetooth audio sunglasses from Inventiv are as striking as a warm summer’s day, which will make them a perfect companion for jaunts down to the beach to soak up the sun. While the three hour battery life isn’t as long lasting as we’d like, the Bluetooth 4.0 output allows you to be up to 30 feet away from your audio device without losing playback. Additionally, the lenses are fully polarized to provide high-quality protection from the sun’s rays.
8. Human Capable Norm Bluetooth Audio and Video Sunglasses
BEST NEW BLUETOOTH SUNGLASSES
Fresh off a successful Kickstarter campaign and an award at CES, Human Capable’s Norm Bluetooth sunglasses are described as a “fully functioning microcomputer in your glasses.” Capable of making phone calls, taking photos and video, visual navigation, watching movies and listening to audio, the Norm is basically an extremely stylish upgrade over the much bemoaned Google Glass. And, despite all these abilities, they weigh about as much as a normal pair of shades. We can’t wait to get our hands on a pair to see if they’re as promising and exciting as they seem to be; they’re not quite for sale yet, but you can pre-order them at Norm’s website right now if you’re as excited about them as we are.
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