Bose Frames Review: The Headphones of the Future Are... Sunglasses
The problem with headphones is that they're headphones. Bose's answer is a pair of sunglasses that projects audio into your ears, and use sensors to do some really cool things like audible navigation, as WSJ's David Pierce demonstrates. Photo/Video: Emily Prauolenis/The Wall Street Journal
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- When Apple's Air Pods first came out I kind of thought they looked stupid. Actually I still kinda think they look stupid. I mean they look like the heads on an electric toothbrush. I feel much cooler wearing the new Bose Frames which work like a pair of headphones but look just like any ordinary sunglasses. And best of all, not at all like toothbrushes. Here's how they work. They have speakers and microphone on the inside which play music or podcasts or whatever else which sounds like it would end up playing everything so loudly that anyone around you could hear you, like you're the monster who listens to music on speakerphone in public. But Bose has some really clever noise canceling tech that actually manages to mask the sound that emanates out. It doesn't kill everything, but unless I really crank the volume the most it'll sound like is the sort of leaky headphone audio you get from Apple's Air Pods. Basically don't use these in the quiet car but out in the world you won't disturb anybody. I'm so intrigued by these Frames because it turns out I wear my actual Air Pods for hours, basically every single day and I do way more than just listen to music on my headphones. I listen to podcasts, I make phone calls, and especially with these new models, I'm using the Air Pods to talk to Siri throughout the day. It's so much easier to use Alexa or Google Assistant or Siri to say, "call Anna," or "remind me tomorrow morning to pick up the dry cleaning" then it is to dig out my phone and try to do it that way. Air Pods and all these other truly wireless headphones I've been testing are designed to offer the same kind of utility but in your ears all the time. But the problem with headphones is that they're headphones and I really, really don't wanna live in a world where everyone wears headphones 24/7. How will you ever know if anyone is listening to you? We need a way to have digital and real world audio at the same time, but shoving giant hunks of plastic deep into your ears is not the solution. That's what works so well about these frames. Right now, for instance, I'm listening to the new Taylor Swift song but I can also hear the world around me and anyone who might wanna talk to me. It just makes sense. You have real headphones for when you wanna shut everything else out and something like Frames for when you want your podcasts or notifications but still wanna be part of society. Along with the Frames, Bose is also doing some really interesting augmented reality stuff that I think is the future for all these headphones too. I can get audio walking or driving directions which isn't particularly novel, but I can also get directions with an app called Naviguide. - [Woman] Head north on Front Street. - And if I double tap on my sunglasses while I'm navigating, it'll use the GPS in my phone plus the sensors in my sunglasses to figure out if I'm looking at any of the interesting landmarks in its database and tell me about it. It'll even look for popular restaurants nearby and read me Yelp reviews. - [Woman] Mixed is currently open and has a rating of 3.0 stars with 75 reviews on Yelp. - There's also some AR games like this one where a super computer is trying to take over the world and you can talk, type, or even communicate just by shaking or nodding your head. - [Man] Do you understand? - All these features are pretty primitive right now but they're really cool and Bose is opening up the tech that powers it all to lots of other developers. The real beauty of Frames is that, well they're not headphones. I have to say I thought these would be kind of ridiculous, but I find myself wearing them all the time. It's great to have a computer in your ear, but it's even better when it doesn't block out the real world and it's even better still when instead of making me look ridiculous, they make me look awesome. (upbeat music)