I don’t wear sunglasses very often, but it’s not because I like being blinded by the sun. It’s because I can’t ever seem to find them when I need them. And it’s either because I’ve taken them in the house from the car and laid them somewhere, or my two-year-old daughter has stashed them away in a secret hiding spot somewhere never to be found again. But I can only blame my daughter so far, because I’ve always had trouble keeping tabs on my sunglasses – that’s probably why I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $15 on a pair in my whole life. I might be willing to shell out a little extra for a new pair of sunglasses from Tzukuri, though.
Never heard of them? Neither had I until I read about their bluetooth sunglasses. While they sound super technical, they’re actually nothing like Google Glass. They perform a rather simple task – they keep you from losing them or forgetting them. And they never have to be charged, which is an added bonus.
Using an iBeacon sensor, the sunglasses will automatically send you alerts when you’ve gone a certain distance from them. If you don’t acknowledge the alerts, the app will track the glasses for you so you can find them later. Oh, about never needing to charge them – that’s because there’s a solar panel that serves to power the iBeacon.
Here’s an interesting tidbit – if you walk away without your iPhone in tow and have your glasses, your phone will start to loudly signal you. However, if you leave both your sunglasses and your iPhone behind, I guess you’re out of luck.
I won’t lie – I think I’d really like a pair of these bluetooth sunglasses. What will they think of next?
Here’s the bad news – they’ll cost you around $350 once they become available later this year.
[Image via TheAwesomer]