Last year, Bose released a pair of sunglasses with built-in speakers that piped sound straight to your ears, allowing you to listen to music without popping in earbuds that tune out the outside world. This time around, they look to expand the line with the Bose Frames Tempo, which puts the same music-playing capabilities in a sport-friendly eyewear.
That’s right, it’s a pair of music-playing sunglasses you can wear while engaged in sporting activities, so you can block out the sun and enjoy some motivational tunes while you put your body to work. Whether you’re practicing for a marathon, riding a bicycle for fitness, or lifting weights at the beach to avoid the closed confines of a gym, this thing should make a worthy replacement to the usual sunglasses-and-earbuds combo you will otherwise be using.
The Bose Frames Tempo is a wraparound-style pair of sports sunglasses that shield your eyes from glare, wind, and dust just like your favorite Hypercraft or Rapha eyewear. Unlike traditional running and cycling sunglasses, though, it comes with integrated audio hardware that allow it to function like a pair of headphones for listening to music and taking hands-free calls, all without blocking any ambient sounds, allowing you to clearly hear everything going on in your surroundings. That way, you can hear the sound of cars, pedestrians, and every other kind of noise you expect to encounter in the streets, allowing you to maintain awareness even when you’re engaged in a workout and listening to your favorite playlist.
Music is played out of specially-designed speakers embedded in each temple, which pump out sound that’s directed straight to your ear canals, so you can hear the full range of music playing without causing a distraction to everyone else on the road. Yes, people walking next to you will probably hear a feint sound coming from the speakers, although Bose claims, it’s very minimal, so you can listen to the most embarrassing musician you want without fear of being shamed in public. Be forewarned, though, listening to embarrassing music might make you die just a little inside. Just kidding.
The Bose Frames Tempo It comes with a dual-mic array, by the way, for making hands-free calls, as well as a built-in battery rated at up to eight hours of playback between charges. It has a touch surface for gesture-based playback controls, a physical button for bringing up your choice of voice assistant, and a motion sensor that detects when you remove it, so it can automatically power off.
The eyewear uses a TR-90 nylon frame that’s IPX4 water-resistant, so you can sweat, pour water on your head, and even run in the rain without damaging the electronics, with flexible temple grips, custom spring hinges, and silicone nose pads to ensure it stays in place while you run, jump, and, occasionally, fall over because you’re clumsy like that. They offer a variety of shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant lenses that are easily swappable, allowing you to use a different one, depending on the time of day and the activity you’re engaging in.
The Bose Frames Tempo is available now, priced at $249.95.