Audio wearable brand name, Fauna, has finally launched its audio glasses. The new speaker-powered eyeglasses will handle the likes of the Bose Frames in a relocation that when again brings the worlds of haute couture and high tech ever better together.
We initially heard of Fauna back at IFA 2019. I tried an extremely early model at that time and was happily amazed with both the design and sound quality. Unlike Bose, Fauna appeared to have produced audio glasses that was actually comfortable to use and stylish. Now, 2 years later on, the end product is ready for a market launch.
These are the very first audio glasses without large, chunky temples. They in fact work and look like real glasses too, protecting the users eyes from the sun or blue light. The standard lenses offered can also easily be exchanged for prescription lenses by an optician due to the frames being made from natural acetate which can be warmed and fitted by an expert. In theory, a minimum of, you might utilize these as your day-to-day glasses.
The Fauna Audio Glasses are the most stylish version of this item weve seen up until now./ © Fauna
2 versions of the Fauna eyeglasses are available, a Spiro Transparent Brown pair of sunglasses and the Memor Havana glasses with blue light filter lenses. Both models are compatible with iPhone 5 or later and Android 6.0 or later on and utilize Bluetooth 5.0 with a range of approximately 10 metres.
Speak to me about sound quality
The variation I checked was still a really early model when I tried these back in 2019. It would not have been reasonable to evaluate the sound quality completely based upon that experience, but I left the Berlin exhibition optimistic about what Fauna was working on.
The audio module in each temple and each module includes a trademarked MEMS micro speaker, an electrodynamic speaker, a touch-pad, associated electronic devices and a battery. 2 microphones are likewise incorporated into the right temple with beam-forming and echo cancelling. The frequency bandwidth is from 250 Hz to 20 kHz.
The Memor Havana model consists of changeable Zeiss DuraVision BlueProtect lenses which decrease blue light direct exposure from computers and phones which is proven to affect the circadian rhythm and cause poor sleep before bed. The Spiro model consists of replaceable Carl Zeiss Vision sun lenses, safeguarding eyes from UVA and UVB rays. Both designs are (IP52) water and dust resistant and featured a two-year warranty.
Battery life and charging
The battery for both versions provides up to 20 hours standby and more than five hours of music, voice assistant, or phone calls, according to Fauna Theres a 100 mAh battery in the glasses and a 1,300 mAh battery in the charging case, providing an additional 5 battery chargers. Charging time is 2 hours for a full charge.
Whats truly interesting about the charging case, however, is the method the glasses link to the battery charger. The adapters are concealed in the hinge of the glasses, implying theres no cable to link as weve seen on other audio eyeglasses designs. These charge the very same method true-wireless earphones do, whichs cool.
Animal states its Audio Glasses are pioneering and special on the market due to the audio technology and sound instructions, declaring that the sound travels directly to the users ear without major leak. The idea is that you will not disturb associates or others nearby, and no one else will have the ability to hear any music, a podcast, or your private call. In addition, wearers will always have the ability to view the environments and hear what goes on around as the ear canal is not blocked making them safe to use when outside and crossing roads.
A patented USound MEMS micro speaker and an electrodynamic woofer sit in each temple./ © Fauna
We first heard of Fauna back at IFA 2019. These are the very first audio glasses without big, chunky temples. The audio module in each module and each temple includes a patented MEMS micro speaker, an electrodynamic speaker, a touch-pad, associated electronic devices and a battery. The ports are concealed in the hinge of the glasses, meaning theres no cable to connect as weve seen on other audio eyewear models. The Fauna Audio Glasses charging case connects by means of Bluetooth with a mobile phone or PC; a particular app is not needed.
The charging connectors are concealed in the frames of the glasses./ © Fauna.
The Fauna Audio Glasses charging case links through Bluetooth with a smartphone or PC; a particular app is not needed. The glasses are managed by touching and swiping on the temples. The glasses remain light-weight in spite of all the electronic devices inside, with both versions weighing 50 grams.
Price and schedule
Both variations of the Faun glasses will be offered to buy from wearfauna.com or Selfridges online for an RRP of ₤ 249 and $299. The Bose Frames Alto, launched at $199, a full $100 cheaper than the Fauna glasses.
Well be inspecting out a complete review unit quickly, so remain tuned to NextPit for our impressions.
The audio devices inside the Fauna Audio Glasses./ © Fauna