10. 27. 2006
O ROKR Bluetooth sunglasses
Motorola and Oakley got together to make the next generation of "wearable electronics" and came out with the O ROKR, a smart combination of Oakley sunglasses with a stereo Bluetooth wireless headset that sells for $249.
I gave it my husband, a non-techie, to experiment with. He reported that the setup was easy, and the sunglasses and the ear speakers "surprisingly comfortable." As a beach volleyball player, he was already familiar with the optic superiority of the Oakleys.( A few techincal specs: Oakley's are made from a durable PLUTONITE� lens material which filter out 100% of all UV, not just UVA and UVB.You can pretty much take a VB spike to the face and your Oakleys will survive just fine.)
Now Kevin can switch effortlessly from taking phone calls to listening to music without fumbling for a cell phone or geting tangled in his music player's wires. When he takes a call, he simply clicks one of the buttons on the side of the sunglasses, and then seemlessly switches back to his iPod.
The O ROKR comes with the optional icombi� adapter which fits into the bottom of your iPod and utilizes Bluetooth technology to wirelessly stream music from your iPod . With the icombi, you can use the buttons on the O ROKR to stop, pause, or skip songs. The best part is that you can be up to 33 feet away from your iPod without a single wire to tie you down.( If you're using a compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone for your music or a portable music player , you can use an add-on Bluetooth adapter.)
Hubby reports that the sound quality is very good -- on both ends. And he likes the fact that he can leave his cell phone in the truck and take calls from his sunglasses. (As with the iPod, it works up to 33 feet away.) You get up to 5 hours of talk time and more than 100 hours of standby time, but if you don't wear them for awhile they will drain and you'll need to recharge them.
O ROKR can be fitted with prescription lenses (and clear lenses). You can drive with them at night with clear lenses; however, some state laws prohibit you from listening to music from headsets (for safety).
The fashion conscious can buy interchageable lenses, and I'd recommend the "softbox" for the glasses and charger to protect your investment ($35 at Oakley).