Bose has officially unveiled consumer version of its augmented reality sunglasses, called Frames. These AR glasses come with with built-in microspeakers and microphones. At the launch, these will let you interact with Siri and Google Assistant.
Bose Frames will be available in the US in January for $199. The pre-orders have already started on bose.com. It will launch in select global markets in spring 2019. Bose also intends to launch its own augmented reality platform for apps after shipping 10,000 pairs of the glasses to AR developers in 2018, reports The Verge. An update on Bose AR will be shared at SXSW 2019.
Frames AR sunglasses come in Matte Black and two universal styles — the larger (Alto) and smaller (Rondo). These can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants “while keeping playlists, entertainment and conversations private.” Bose Frames weigh as your typical sunglasses at 45 grams.
Bose Frames use Bose audio augmented reality platform, which makes them first commercial product embedded with this new Bose technology. The prototype AR glasses by Bose were first launched back in March.
Bose Frames use a lithium battery that connects to an included pogo-pin cable for charging. The company notes that Frames can 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.