These clips let you turn any pair of glasses into headphones


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Everyone seems desperate to attach a pair of smart glasses to their face (or at least tech companies seem desperate to sell us this solution), but what comes closest to it right now is the Bose frames at $ 200 or the $ 250 Amazon Echo Frames. The problem is, they only provide audio. That’s a lot to pay for a headphone alternative that doesn’t sound as good as real headphones, so consider JLab Audio’s new DIY solution instead, which lets you easily upgrade your existing glasses to sound without sound. wire.

JLab JBuds aren’t really buds in the sense that you put them in your ears like you do with a pair of AirPods. Rather, they’re designed to clip onto the temples of your eyeglasses, whether it’s eyeglasses or just sunglasses, and then play sound through your ears using upward-facing speakers. low. It is yet another open ear headphone solution like the Bose Sport open ear headphones announced earlier this week, which lets you listen to your music while listening to everything that’s going on around you. This makes them ideal for runners or anyone who doesn’t want the world around them silenced. Unlike headphones and on-ear headphones, they don’t come into physical contact with any part of your ear, which means they’re potentially more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

JBuds are rated IPX4 for water resistance, which means they should easily survive sweat and heavy rain, but won’t survive submersion. This is probably because of the large speaker aperture that allows sound from the JBuds’ 16mm speakers to reach your ears. It’s the same approach as in-ear headphones (the speakers are slightly outside your ears) but without the earbuds, so there’s a problem with these types of personal audio devices that everyone else can hear what you are listening to. JLab promises that’s not a problem given the way sound is directed to the ear canal, but it’s not a black hole that no sound can be reflected from. If you throw your tracks up, you can probably expect someone nearby to be able to play rock as well.

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The JBuds include buttons to adjust playback volume, answer calls, and even change EQ settings, and the battery life is estimated to be over eight hours. It’s surprising to see a set of $ 50 headphones include their own custom charging cable, which in this case splits into two magnetic connectors to help minimize open ports on each speaker. But at the same time, proprietary charging cables are never a welcome solution, even with the convenience of magnets.

The JBuds will be available this spring for $ 50.

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