JLabs is known for making some great audio wearables, especially wireless earbuds, that cost a fraction of what you would pay for products from Sony or Bose. The company is now looking to make noise in a segment where there aren’t a lot of competitors – audio glasses. The company today announced an interesting product called JBuds frames. You can refer to these portable speakers attached to your regular glasses as such as Amazon’s Echo Frames.
JBuds frames can be attached to glasses of various types and sizes
JLabs’ new audio devices can be attached to almost any type of sunglasses and glasses by simply attaching them to the temples. The JBuds framework can also be operated independently via Bluetooth. So you can just use one audio bud and attach it to one side of your glasses. The latest offering from JLab has one Open ear design and is said to last over 8 hours on a single charge.
And because JBuds frames are attached to the side of your glasses and don’t cover your ears, users know exactly what’s going on around them. Bose launched the Open Ear Sports Earbuds earlier this month with a similar premise, but these save $ 200 and attach to your ears instead of attaching to glasses. Each bud weighs 11.7 grams and is equipped with 2mm drivers.
IPX4 build and about 8 hours of battery life
The Jbuds frame comes with silicone sleeves of different sizes to give a better fit for glasses of different shapes and sizes. In addition, these clip-on audio devices from JLabs are also IPx4 certified, which means they can handle liquid splash and perspiration. There are also Physical buttons that users can use to handle calls, control volume, and switch between EQ profiles.
JLabs will ship the wireless audio device with a forked USB charging cable that has two magnetic charging ends for each half of the device. The JBuds frames will be presented during CES next week. It remains to be seen how good the audio output is and whether the battery life and convenience are well covered. However, the $ 50 price tag makes it an interesting buy and drastically undercuts the competition.
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