“Protect your eyes and immerse your ears.”
This is the tagline for Razer’s newly launched smart glasses, the Razer Anzu Smart Glasses, the “wow” factor for which being speakers and an omnidirectional microphone built directly into the glasses’ frame.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen audio-equipped glasses, but it’s still not what we’d call common tech yet. Razer’s glasses are available with round and square frames, depending on your fancy, and can be fitted with two sets of lenses. The first filter out that nasty blue light by 35%, perfect for those of us spending most of our days with screens under our noses. The replacement lenses are polarised and shield your eyes from the sun providing 99% UVA and UVB protection.
The audio side of things is pretty exciting. The Anzu glasses tout up to five hours of active battery life, powering down automatically whenever you fold the glasses. Razer claims that thanks to a low 60ms of latency, the Anzu glasses provide a smooth and delay free experience whether you’re taking calls, listening to music, or watching your favourite shows.
The glasses are fully decked with touch controls on the temples. A few swipes and taps on the interface is all it takes to pause, rewind, and change the volume on your favourite tracks. They’re also fully compatible with audio assistants like Siri or Bixby. And if you’re worried about how all this delicate tech will hold up in sour weather, fret not. The Anzu glasses are rated IPX4 for water resistance, so sweat and light rain is no issue. Just don’t take them into a massive storm or for a swim.
Unfortunately, if you’re in sunny SA, you know that these kinds of products aren’t generally available in our neck of the woods, particularly with the whole pandemic thing. But we’ll keep an eye out for any updates that could indicate that we may be able to get our hands on a pair at some point.