Even though the product is a made well and has a stylish aesthetic, it has limited applications and provides a poor sound quality.
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The idea of integrating headphones into eyewear might seem like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but it’s rapidly becoming a reality in the tech world. As our reliance on digital devices continues to grow, the demand for seamless integration between technology and everyday accessories has never been higher. Whether you’re a music lover, frequent traveler, or simply someone who values convenience, the concept of having headphones built right into your glasses offers an intriguing solution to several modern-day dilemmas. If you are someone who enjoys devices that have multiple uses, the Lucyd Lyte 2.0 Audio Sunglasses might be right up your alley.
About Lucyd Lyte 2.0 Audio Sunglasses
The Lucyd Lyte 2.0 is an upgraded version of Innovative Eyewear’s flagship audio eyewear platform. This product line brings several advances to the company’s core product and is available in any optical prescription.
- A four-speaker array provides immersive open-ear audio, that matches the sound quality of traditional earbuds without obstructing your hearing. The new speaker system provides an enhanced mid-range and bass response compared to the previous Lucyd Lyte.
- Audio input is improved with the introduction of dual noise-cancelling microphones. The Lyte 2.0 is ideal for recording audio content such as podcasts and voice messages, and improves the fidelity of phone calls and input for voice assistants like Siri compared to most built-in smartphone microphones.
- The battery life of the glasses has been improved to 12 hours of music playback and call time per charge, a 50% uplift over the previous model.
- The collection includes optical frames designed specifically for women and petite heads, as part of the company’s initiative to develop smart eyewear for all head shapes and sizes.
- The power and pairing indicator LEDs have been moved to a more discreet location in the inner temple.
- Touch controls now give an audible signal whenever the user adjusts volume or uses the other button functions, such as activating the voice assistant.
- Two new custom hinge types to enable a stronger, more aesthetically pleasing connection from the frontplate to the smart temple.
- Strength of the magnetic charging connection is improved, and the new collection is backwards compatible with the Lucyd Dock charger introduced with the original Lyte.
- The glasses use Bluetooth 5.2, providing improved connection stability over the previous 5.1 model.
- The glasses are offered with a new selection of over 20 custom lenses on Lucyd.co, now including gradient sunglasses and the latest cutting-edge Transitions® XTRActive Polarized and Signature Colors lenses.
- Open-air Audio
- 12 hours battery life
- Quadrasonic speakers
- 50+ lenses in any RX
- Ultra clear microphones
- ChatGPT enabled app
For men and women with small to medium heads and teens with large heads.
- Frame Width: 152 mm
- Lens Width: 58 mm
- Bridge: 19 mm
- Temple Length: 150 mm
Pricing & Availability
The Lucyd Lyte Audio Sunglasses have a list price of $159.00 on lucyd.co. They are also available on Amazon. The version I received was the Eclipse XL with the Black Gradient Polarized UV400 lens color. There are 24 different lens color variations to choose from.
The Lucyd Lyte Audio Sunglasses are intriguing to me as a smart device. Over the past decade I’ve had the privilege of being able to watch technology evolve and provide new products that help to enrich people’s lives. I do see the use case for glasses like this, but I believe the execution of this particular product could have been done better. Here is a breakdown of my thoughts.
The packaging is very nice. There is an outer sleeve for the box that shows a visual representation of what you are getting inside the box. The back describes the product as well as the box’s contents (glasses, cleaning cloth, charging cable, wall adapter, quick start guide, soft case). All the items that are included feel as though they are high quality products. That said, I wish a hard shell (or semi hard shell) case had been included since these glasses have expensive components built-in.
I was very taken with how stylish the glasses are. They have a premium look to them and even though the stems are a bit thicker than standard sunglasses, you wouldn’t guess that there are electronic components included.
The user manual that is included is very helpful and includes a lot of information. The glasses were easy to get paired to my iPhone 14 Pro and standard use of the glasses was easy to understand. There are two buttons on the underside of the frame (one on each side). If you are listening to music, a single press will turn your volume up and down and a double tap will play/pause your music. A long press (6+ seconds) will turn the glasses off. If you are familiar with any Bluetooth headphones, understanding the function of these buttons will be very easy for you.
When I pulled the glasses out of the box, I plugged them in and let them charge until they were at 100% (the indicator LED turns off when they are done charging). While it’s very convenient to have a magnetic charging port on the glasses, it’s inconvenient to have a proprietary charging cable that could be a hassle to replace if lost. Since I can see the plusses and minuses of both sides of that design choice, I’m honestly not sure if I would want something different.
When I unplugged them, they immediately turned on and went into pairing mode. I watched the Bluetooth menu on my phone for what seemed like more than a minute before the glasses appeared as a device. This was unusual to me as most Bluetooth devices appear almost instantaneously. The specs state the Bluetooth version is 5.2, which should be much quicker to connect than these were.
Once I got the glasses paired, I immediately played some music through them. I was disappointed in the quality of the audio that was produced. To be honest, it’s been years since I’ve heard a speaker that poor in a set of headphones. The best way I can describe it is that it sounded like the speaker on a old landline phone receiver. I could hear the music clearly, but the quality of the audio was very poor.
The microphone, on the other hand, seemed to pick up my voice commands easily enough. I tried commands both with Siri and the Lucyd app. With both options, my voice was heard and understood by my phone. There is significant sound bleed through but I think that is to be expected since the speakers aren’t contained in any fashion. You can still use the speaker/microphone from the glasses even when you aren’t wearing them. I took them off and was still able to hear the music I was playing and give commands to my phone just as easily as when I was wearing them.
When it came to using the glasses to make or answer phone calls, I was unable to hear the caller at all. The volume was set at the same level as when I was listening to music and I couldn’t hear anything. In addition to that, I ended up having to select the Lucyd glasses as the audio output device again when I answered the call; it didn’t automatically swap from when I was listening to the music.
Aside from the ‘headphone’ feature of the glasses, they were quite comfortable to wear. They were lightweight and seemed to block harsh light quite well. I did notice that if I tilted my head down, that they slid a bit off the bridge of my nose. This isn’t unusual for me though with any eyewear.
Finally, we come to the Lucyd app. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the app is kind of an odd companion to these glasses. It is well designed and has a clean aesthetic, but it isn’t exclusive to the glasses. You don’t need the app for the glasses to function and vice-versa. It’s a simple interface to use ChatGPT. That’s it. You can use the app with or without the glasses. There are no features of the app that make it something you HAVE to have.
- Comfortable and lightweight; do slide off face
- Microphone picked up my voice prompts easily.
- Stylish; look premium.
- Easy to use.
- Charges with speciality charging cable.
- Speaker quality is very poor in comparison to other options that are available. Was able to hear clearly, but the quality of the sound is similar to what you would hear over an older land-line phone.
- Sound bleeds out; don’t try to have a private conversation.
- App isn’t exclusive for the glasses. It’s useful, but since it can be used without the glasses, I don’t exactly see the point of it.
- They took longer to pair than other Bluetooth devices I’ve used.
While the glasses are built well and have a premium facade, there is really only one use case I can see for them — if you are in a position where you are allowed to wear eyewear, but cannot have anything in your ears. Other than that, it’s quite easy to wear a high-quality set of headphones with glasses like this and I would rather spend money on a premium set of sunglasses without the speaker/microphone built in rather than buy these and be disappointed by the sound quality.