Sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories, however I by no means actually bought into good glasses till now. They aren’t new—WIRED wrote about Bluetooth sunglasses in 2009—however my common glasses do a lot simply by serving to me see higher, and I undoubtedly didn’t need glasses that seemed like they have been out of a sci-fi film.
However, I’ve been listening to music, following GPS instructions, and answering calls with the Lucyd 2.0 frames for a couple of weeks now, and I’m impressed by their incognito utility. You wouldn’t know based mostly on the frames that these are hiding audio system and microphones inside. I’ve tried different app-connected glasses earlier than, just like the Ampere Dusk, they usually simply jogged my memory an excessive amount of of the large plastic frames they hand out at 3D film theaters.
Lucyd’s eyewear connects to your telephone or pc by way of Bluetooth, and every arm is supplied with two tiny audio system and a microphone. They’re barely thicker than your typical sunglass arms, however you get used to that fairly rapidly.
My standard Pink Floyd and Machine Gun Kelly fare sounded surprisingly good, contemplating I used to be blasting it by way of sunglass arms. If I cranked it too loud, it may get a little bit tinny. Audiophiles will in all probability disagree—and we’ve got plenty of suggestions elsewhere in the event you don’t thoughts carrying one other accent—however for informal listening, it was all I wanted.
As with different Bluetooth headphones, you possibly can management quantity, play, and pause, in addition to skipping songs, answering calls, and activating your gadget’s voice assistant with the buttons on the arms. I may additionally hear the world round me fairly simply.
These are largely quiet for these round you, however the sound just isn’t undetectable. I’d nonetheless keep away from utilizing them on full blast in public. Please don’t be that one who thinks everybody else on the practice desires to listen to their FaceTime dialog.
My private favourite use for them is listening to my GPS. I hate having to stare at my telephone whereas strolling someplace new, particularly in an enormous metropolis, so I like that I can simply flip Bluetooth on and know the place I’m going. You can all the time join your telephone to your automotive if it has Bluetooth capabilities, however I truthfully hate the best way it cuts by way of the music to provide the subsequent course. Walking is extra peaceable.
Phone calls sounded OK to me, however I used to be instructed I sounded very far-off on the opposite finish. This has been an issue with each pair of Bluetooth headphones I’ve tried as of but, together with my Beats.
Lucyd says you possibly can even use these to document podcasts. I didn’t attempt that, however voice memos (and a TikTok draft!) recorded with the on-board microphones sounded regular. I’d keep pretty near your telephone although, because the connection began to interrupt up on the different finish of my house.
I attempted the model’s Moonshot, together with an older model that’s not accessible. While Lucyd presents a few different frames, they’re all comparable, and I want there have been extra enjoyable ones (and designs meant for large heads like mine). Unfortunately, I just like the older model I’ve greater than any of the present kinds.
In my testing, I discovered that between listening to music and podcasts the battery delivered the claimed 12 hours. The glasses cost by way of a magnetic pogo-pin charger with pins that stick to every arm. Unlike rivals’ merchandise, these include a charging block (I’m glaring at you, Apple).