Zungle Panther, Bone Conduction Sunglasses
These headphones are designed to play music to your inner ear by sending vibrations through your skull – like that of BATBAND (bone conduction headband). Zungle Panther, rather, opts for a more sporty, stylish, and summery feel vibrating your inner ear through the frames of aviator-like sunglasses.
Zungle acts like any other set of wireless headphones and is equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 technology. The headphones are able to pair with your smart phone and other smart devices. The lithium polymer battery only takes an hour to charge and should supply 4 hours of music playback. Honestly, a longer battery life would be more ideal seeing as this wearable wireless device was fashioned to be ultra portable and used while relaxing/ commuting.
I’m unaware of how they sound, but those who have demo’d BATBAND (bone conduction headband) describe the experience as audio floating in the middle of your head. The promo video for Zungle also showcased the ability of bone conducting headphones to keep sound leakage to a minimum. The sunglasses use smart controls to skip back and forth between tracks, take calls, and adjust volume.
Being just as much a pair of sunglasses as it is a pair of headphones, Zungle Panther features 100 percent UV400 protection lenses in seven different shades (Fire, Jade, Blue, Violet, Ruby, Titanium, Black). These lenses are also designed to be replaced with Oakley’s Frogskin lenses. The frame is lightweight, weighing a mere 45 g. Dimension-wise, the sunglasses are 147 mm x 145 mm x 52 mm.
Zungle Panther can be purchased via Kickstarter at a discounted rate of
$99. The retail price is $150. To boot, the Los Angeles based company provides customers with a 7-day money back guarantee. Zungle Panther ships worldwide in November 2016 with the micro USB charging cable, soft case, cleaning cloth, ma
nual, and a one year warranty.
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