In October 2016, a startup called Vue promised Kickstarter backers prescription glasses that doubled as wireless earbuds, fitness trackers, and smartwatches, as well as bone conduction speakers so no one could overhear your music and calls. Two years and $ 3 million later, the company hadn't shipped a single pair.
But fast forward two more years and Vue is now ready to sell you the idea again. The new $ 179 and up Vue Lite glasses have some of the fancier features to keep your focus on Bluetooth audio. It has standard speakers instead of bone conduction, a microphone for calls and your phone's voice assistant, touch controls, and an estimated 3.5 hours of music playback for a fee.
The clip-on magnetic charging cable.
In other words, they're very similar to the discontinued (but still available) Bose Frames, although Bose has also tried its hand at augmented reality, and they may be 23 grams lighter than 45 grams. Note, however, that Vue weighed them without the lenses. Polarized sunglass lenses are an additional $ 80, photochrom is a $ 100 premium, and you're looking for over $ 450 for a pair with progressive lenses on board. Before you buy, note that both theinformationsuperhighway and Engadget found the audio a bit quiet though.
By the way, Vue doesn't seem to be trying to sell us a new pair of glasses until the old ones are shipped: Co-founder Jason Gui tells The Verge that Vue has now shipped the original glasses to every Kickstarter supporter they could reach minus 5 percent that always still trying to figure out when it is safe to have their prescription checked during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new glasses don't rely on a Kickstarter and should be shipped by the end of September, according to the company's website.
I have to admit, it's impressive that Vue managed to stay here. So many other smart glass companies dropped their glasses (Bose, Intel), spun (Magic Leap, apparently Avegant), were taken over by a larger company (North), or closed (Daqri, Meta).