JLab introduced a new Bluetooth audio device called JBuds Frames designed to be attached to the arms of glasses or sunglasses.
JBuds Frames are open wireless speakers that won’t block or cover your ears, so you can hear your music and your surroundings at the same time.
The new audio device consists of two subwoofers that run downwards and place them directly outside your ears.
This device is part of a renewed trend of open wireless speakers that have traditionally been the realm of Bluetooth enabled sunglasses.
JBuds Frames only sells for $ 50, which is a lot less than Bose Frames and Amazon Echo Frames, and fits JLab’s history of cheap headphones.
Unlike the built-in solutions, there is no attempt to hide the fact that there are open speakers in your glasses.
JBuds frames come with a set of silicone caps to support a wide variety of eyeglass sizes.
As for sound, each unit contains a 16mm woofer which JLab says will not be heard by people nearby.
The basic premise of open wireless speakers is that sound is played just outside your ears, except that it is directed in a way that only you can hear it.
The new audio gadget has an IPX4 rating for water resistance. It should therefore be rainproof, have buttons to control volume, accept or reject calls, and change equalizer settings.
They can be used together or independently, says JLab. Also, the battery life is estimated at over eight hours of audio playback on a single charge. So you can use one speaker at a time to conserve battery life.
Rather than being offered in a charging case, it comes with a special cable that splits into two magnetic charging points. JLab’s JBuds frames are supposed to be available in early spring 2021.