With summer upon us, what is better than grabbing your favorite pair of sunglasses and heading outdoors with your favorite tunes? Zungle, a Los Angeles based startup, recently held a Kickstarter campaign for the perfect gadget to combine the two.
Their Zungle Panther sunglasses use bone-conduction technology that allows you to listen to music or make phone calls through their stylish sunglasses without any headphones, speakers or wires. Simply wearing the sunglasses allows you to listen to music or make phone calls. With bone-conduction technology, vibrations to your skull transmit the sound to your inner ear. You will still hear everything else that is going on around you, so you can safely wear them and still be aware of your surroundings, such as in traffic or walking along the street.
With all of this technology, you would expect these sunglasses to be heavy and bulky. However, they are lightweight, weighing only 1.5 ounces, which is lighter than many normal sunglasses. They are also very simple to use. A small jog dial controls everything including bluetooth pairing, volume, song selection and on/off functions.
There are five matte color frames to choose from including, black white, gray, neon green and neon pink. Their lenses offer 100% UV400 protection in seven different colors including fire, jade, blue, violet, ruby, titanium, and black. The frames also fit Oakley Frogskin lenses, which adds additional choices for the consumer.
Zungle’s Kickstarter campaign ended on July 16, 2016, raising $1.9 million with 11,000 backers. They initially set out to raise only $50,000 in their month-long campaign, far exceeding their expectations. Initial deliveries of the product are expected in November of this year.