CES 2018: Listen to your music through these rubbish MusicLens sunglasses

If you’ve ever suffered through trying to squeeze headphones over your sunglasses (me neither), MusicLens may just be the answer to your prayers.

MusicLens combines sunglasses with inbuilt speakers in the arms, allowing you to listen to music without the headphones. It claims to use “ultra high-quality one conduction technology” to increase audio quality while reducing external sound and minimising sound leakage.

It’s possible to customise the glasses with prescription lenses, or fluorescent ones for nightclubbing, the company claims. The glasses are slated to go on sale in the second half of 2018, and will cost around $199.

MusicLens sunglasses were being showcased at CES 2018 (Photo: i)MusicLens sunglasses were being showcased at CES 2018 (Photo: i)

Each pair can last up to 12 hours on a single charge, and sports internal storage of up to 32GB for storing songs directly on the device.

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MusicLens bears a strong resemblance to Snap’s Spectacles, the bulky sunglasses with cameras positioned either side of the lenses for direct Snapchatting. While demand seemed initially strong for the glasses when they first went on sale last year, it later emerged the company had around 300,000 pairs sitting around unsold at a loss of $40m (£29.5m).

Having briefly tried MusicLens on the CES showfloor, it seems fairly certain they’ll follow Spectacles’ ultimate destiny. While the glasses themselves were lightweight and not entirely hideous, it was extremely difficult to actually hear the tinny music blasting from the small speakers.

The ear bud part sits in front of, rather than on the ear (Photo: i)The ear bud part sits in front of, rather than on the ear (Photo: i)

The ‘ear bud’ part of the glasses arm hovers awkwardly in front of your ear, and the arms are consequently much thicker than a normal pair of sunglasses. If Snap can’t combine glasses with cameras in a convincing manner, it’s hard to see how MagicLens will succeed with headphones, given the vast range of high-quality headphones available to buy today. This is a classic example of a bonkers CES product seeking to solve a problem no one acknowledged was a problem in the first place.

Rhiannon Williams is reporting from CES in Las Vegas

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