Tap Into Your Spy Lifestyle with These Tech-Savvy Shades

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Isn’t it time you combined your style with your tech? The new Bose Frames make it dead easy to stay connected and look good in the process.

We all remember watching the likes of James Bond, Ethan Hunt ad possibly even Maxwell Smart combine seemingly innocuous fashion items into their daily crime-fighting, terrorism-thwarting, lady-swooning (perhaps not in the case of Max) lifestyles. It was a tantalising taste of the future.

Well, that future is now here, with Bose Frame, the revolutionary wearable tech that combines the protection and appearance of stylish sunglasses with the functionality and performance of wireless headphones and the world’s first audio augmented reality platform.

The specs, which have just launched in Hong Kong (with the Bose Frames Lens Collection not far behind) not only look great but also boast the tiniest, thinnest, most lightweight Bose system ever.  The glasses’ proprietary open-ear design takes micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, allowing users to stream music and information, take and make calls privately, and access virtual assistants while also keeping 99 percent of the sun’s UVA/UVB rays at bay.

Weighing just 45 grams, this is no bulky tech. Instead, the shades – the standard tinted lens of which can easily be swapped out for non-polarized Blue Gradient or polarized Mirrored Silver – feature minuscule, wafer-thin acoustic package set seamlessly into each arm’s interior. Forget uncomfortable earbuds or dangling attachments. The result is discreet, jaw-dropping sound for the user, and no one else. 

Bose Frames

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, while the Bose Connect app provides additional control now, and software updates for new experiences in the future.

Bose Frames are also Bose AR compatible, making them 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.  

A lithium battery that connects to an included pogo-pin cable for charging offers up to 3.5 hours of playback and up to 12 hours standby, and can be fully recharged in less than two hours. 

Think of it as an early Christmas present from Q.

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Nick Walton is a Hong Kong-based photojournalist and Group Managing Editor for Artemis Communications, producers of Alpha Men Asia, JETSETTER Magazine, Explorer Magazine, The Art of Business Travel, Mirandus, IKHLAS, The Journal and The Edition.

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