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    These Bose Frames With Built-In Speakers Are The Accessory Of The Summer — Yeah, I Said It

    Yes, the company that makes the best speakers on the planet now makes sunglasses that play music only you can hear and they're VERY freakin' cool!

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    While some of us have been living in squalor in the year 2019, Bose has gone ahead and fast forwarded into the future.



    Let me explain. You see Bose has created a little piece of technology so unbelievable, so discreet, I'm still not sure if it's actually real.

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    But I assure you it is and, honestly, It gives me hope knowing smart people do exist and they're out there doing the Lord's work.

    What is this piece of technology? Well...are you sitting down? You should be sitting for this. I'll wait — okay. They've discreetly placed their incredible speakers into the arms of their new sunnies — and when you're playing your music no one else can hear a damn thing!


    The future, am I right?

    Bose Frames are stylishly designed, UV-blocking sunglasses that thoughtfully play your favorite music, podcasts, audiobooks — whatever you listen to — through their built-in speakers which happily live in the arm of your glasses.


    And they cost a reasonable $199 a pair and are available through Amazon, Nordstrom, and Target. Cute sunnies + no earbuds for under $200!

    Yup, you heard that right! (Maybe because it was coming out of a Bose speaker.) These sunglasses make it so nothing has to actually go into your ear!


    Look ma, no ears!

    It's because the frames themselves contain the speakers and are designed with a patented acoustic chamber — so no one else can hear what you hear. IT'S LIKE MAGIC.

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    When I first put these on I didn't believe for one second that no one would be able to hear the pulsating melodies of my favorite Backstreet Boys song or the high-pitched octaves that only someone like Luis Miguel could hit — BUT THEY COULDN'T.

    On top of this chamber of secrets, Bose also integrated a microphone that connects via Bluetooth so you can have long-winded conversations with your mom the same way you would with your headset or earbuds.

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    The Bose Connect app can help you set up the glasses and sync them to your device. It's actually super easy and took about 30 seconds.

    And not to get too infomercial-ly with all of you but, wait there's more! They also sense when you take them off and pause your music! THEY. PAUSE. YOUR. MUSIC.

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    They play music, take calls, block up to 99% of UVA/UVB rays, and they pause when you take them off!

    Guys, I am telling you these things are magic! And actually really cute too! They come in two frame options — the Alto and the Rondo — and with lens options!

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    You can just pop out the classic lenses they come with and switch them out for the mirrored, blue gradient, or rose gold options available at just under $30 a set.

    Bose was nice enough to give me a pair, but I was very skeptical about these bad boys, to say the least. There was no way the person next to me couldn't hear my music. So I put them through the test and the results were kinda unbelievable.

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    When I sat in total silence, with someone no more than a foot away from me (imagine a library setting) and my music blasting louder than I'd ever actually listen to it, the person next to me could hear a muffled sound. So they aren't totally sound-proof. But when I did the same thing with my earbuds, the result was the same. Also, I'd like to point out that chances of me wearing sunnies in a library are probably pretty slim.

    When I walked down the street listening to my music at a volume that was enjoyable, the person I was walking with couldn't hear a thing. And when they talked to me, I could hear them — actually paying attention to them is another story. Living in a major metropolitan city, I always get nervous about listening to music and totally blocking out the reality that surrounds me. Not with these bad boys!

    And I'm not the only person to be amazed by these handy little sunglasses — in fact, people are already asking for more! More lens and frame options so they can wear them as their regular reading glasses.

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    "These are awesome! They are actually really comfortable, light, and the sound is great! I got them for my husband for Father's Day and I think most of the neighborhood dads had ordered some for themselves by the end of the day!" — KristanM

    "I was an ‘early adopter’ of these sunglasses and eight months later am writing to praise them. The sound is excellent and they are light (not significantly different than my plastic frame sunglasses although slightly heavier than an aviator wire frame). I am writing this from Morocco (in the Sahara) and the lenses are dark enough to wear here. They work great at the pool or a beach without disturbing others around me with sound escape. I use them for audible books, music, and occasional phone calls and they work very well — except, perhaps, with the microphone in a strong wind or lots of ambient noise. They charge quickly, although the proprietary charging cord is rather short. Overall this is a piece of tech I use every day, like my phone, and have replaced my favorite prescription sunglasses with them. They are the best investment I have made in a tech item, even as an Apple aficionado." —DocMark

    "I think Bose is really on to something with these frames. The sound is terrific, ear fatigue is gone (a major accomplishment in itself), and they look very good. The sunglasses are fine, but they need lenses for +1, +2, and +3 reading glasses at the very least for many with less than perfect vision. Also prescription glasses is a big thing for many people. Other than expanding the lens options, these frames are a great new product!" —Frank

    I mean, these are pretty great and you can find them at Amazon, Nordstrom, or Target for $199.


    P.S. all these retailers have pretty stellar return policies in the event you aren't sure which lenses and which frames would work best for you.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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