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Wireless Bluetooth Sunglasses

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the because-you-can dept.

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elecngnr writes "Motorola and Oakley are going to team up to create Bluetooth enabled sunglasses. At the CES, Motorola had also announced that they would be developing some bluetooth embedded clothing with Burton, a snowboarding company. " Speakers built into the hood, and controls built into the jacket for your audio player and phone.

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i wonder (2, Insightful)

dJOEK (66178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389269)

What instructions are there on the laundry tab ?

is this even washable ?

Re:i wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389295)

Great, now my clothes can refuse to talk to my phone too.

Next: (1)

Marvelicious (752980) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389471)

E-TP
Bluetooth enabled toilet paper.

Anyone else think they've gone off the deep end with this crap?

Re:i wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389307)

You wash your sunglasses?

Re:i wonder (2, Funny)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389310)

"What instructions are there on the laundry tab ?"

Not sure about Windows users, but for those with OSX 10.2 and greater it should read: "Hand Wash in iSync or iClean only"

har har har.

Re:i wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389684)

and:

(2) Do not eat.

Re:i wonder (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389311)

one word,

removable

its in the article...

Re:i wonder (1)

kminchau (850732) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389346)

well as long as you use anti-static dryer sheets, you'll be ok

Why? (3, Insightful)

svvampy (576225) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389275)

Because the manufacturers need another reason to charge you two hundred dollars for five cents worth of plastic?

Re:Why? (1)

SunPin (596554) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389396)

They don't seem to know what they want these glasses to do. Maybe play music. Maybe something else. Regardless, preorder today!

Re:Why? (1)

drmarcj (807884) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389732)

Why do you need a wireless connection between earphones in your jacket and an mp3 player that's located *in your jacket*? Given bluetooth's limited range, are you really going to leave your player at the bottom of the hill? (OK, I guess you can always argue that you don't want to get strangled on the wires or something...)

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389746)

Perhaps there is a class of consumer who just really wants to get eye tumors by irradiating their face with RF energy. It isn't just the blue side of the spectrum that causes cell damage. It's down the road a few years, but I predict that the wireless manufacturers will be the ones getting sued when the recent spike in cancer rates gets attributed to their technology.

Re:Why? (1)

MissTuxie (722948) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389830)

I won't get it unless it comes with a camera. only real reason to have bluetooth-enabled sunglasses. Would make uploading screencaps of tv shows so much easier!

I know everyone here thinks I'm a freak now because I didn't think of any computer geek-related use for this crap.

SAD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389282)

I enjoy boarding to escape.

Too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389284)

I would never dare to use such sunglasses in fear of being microwaved to death

Re:Too far (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389332)

Thats cool. The tinfoil in your hat will stop the microwaves from the sunglasses as well

you nurd card is hereby REVOKED! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389394)

Any cretin can see that obviously, your sunglasses would be worn beneath your hat. If said hat is tinfoil, not only would it block RF transmission, leading to a poor signal, it would also reflect and focus the RF waves into your brain. That is a bad thing.

ATi drivers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389285)

I know this has nothing to do with this new but : completly new ATi drivers for Linux are out. Go fetch 'em :D

Re:ATi drivers (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389305)

Fucking troll.

We don't care about linux on slashdot.

We only care about personal music products. And how they all suck compared to iPod.

So the question is (2, Funny)

Kipsaysso (828105) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389286)

Will the glasses black out if a Microsoft product comes on screen? Or will they turn blue?

Re:So the question is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389302)

Blue screen of death would have a whole new meaning...

Blue Screen of Death (2, Funny)

elecngnr (843285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389320)

Yes. MS recommends that when this happens you remove the glasses, fold them up, put them in the case, get them back out, and them put them back on...oh yea, and they recommend installing SP2.

Re:Blue Screen of Death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389361)

and they recommend installing SP2

That's SPF2, and personally I think it provides too little protection for my pasty-white geek image. ;)

Re:Blue Screen of Death (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389430)

this thread is rapidly generating the worst jokes in the history of slashdot.

Re:So the question is (1)

SpongeBobLinuxPants (840979) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389744)

They also come in a Linux version made by BluBlockers.

To CmdrTaco (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389287)

You can read more about this here [slashdot.org] .

what FA? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389290)

TF intro was longer than TFA

But will they... (0, Offtopic)

Donjo (797935) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389297)

...run linux?

Re:But will they... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389718)

And more importantly: does it play Ogg Vorbis?

MP3 Player built in? (5, Interesting)

ashpool7 (18172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389308)

Call me back when you've got a bluetooth HUD or something. The MP3 player can sit in my pocket.

Re:MP3 Player built in? (1)

Squatchman (844798) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389519)

Something that keeps track of my Ammo and health would make my romps in the real world much easier.

It has to show me my inventory too! Don't forget the inventory feature !

Does anyone actually want this product? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389313)

I can't imagine anyone making the time to go snowboarding and then saying to themselves 'gee, I wish the guys in the office could reach me WHILE I AM ACTUALLY SNOWBOARDING'

Re:Does anyone actually want this product? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389555)

But what about your buddies calling you when they get to the slopes? Nice thing about modern cell phones is that they have this feature called "caller ID." Caller ID allows you to know who is calling... BEFORE EVEN PICKING UP!!!

And what percentage of snowboarders have the kind of jobs where the office will call them often. Skiers I could see, but snowboarders???

Bluetooth clothing? (4, Funny)

Mudcathi (584851) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389339)

Does this mean I have to worry about hackers turning my socks into spam zombies?

Re:Bluetooth clothing? (2, Funny)

penix1 (722987) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389427)

"Does this mean I have to worry about hackers turning my socks into spam zombies?"

It isn't my sock I would worry about.....Those long johns have my attention though....

B.

Not enough power... but someday... (2, Funny)

DaedalusLogic (449896) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389626)

When clothing actually has enough processing power and connectivity, you will be able to say:

"There's a clan match in my pants and everyone's invited."

Important Safety Tip (3, Insightful)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389341)

snowboarding

I was just thinking that what attitude-is-everything people racing down an icy Pennsylvania hill, weaving through other people on a slippery, metal-edged plank and attempting to periodically sail through the air need is an easier way to block their senses.

Re:Important Safety Tip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389374)

Most people who buy Burton clothing have never been on a snowboard or set of skis in their life.

The shits warm, stylish, functional and comfortable.

Danger-Sensitive (1)

weston (16146) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389376)

need is an easier way to block their senses.

To danger, anyway. What'd be neat is if they went black when anything threatening came by. We could set up anything dangerous to emit bluetooth "danger" signals....

Re:Danger-Sensitive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389410)

What'd be neat is if they went black when anything threatening came by.

I wonder how long before someone comes out with some Joo Janta 200s for real...

Re:Danger-Sensitive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389429)

Hmmm..

A similar technique could be used to generate SEP fields.

Re:Danger-Sensitive (1)

zymurgyboy (532799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389955)

Or perhaps a better idea would be if this was some sort of Bluetooth HUD, as someone up the discussion suggested. Overlay a topographic map of the run on the lenses and indicate when there's a tree waiting in a bend on the other side of a hill you're about to fly over. Maybe you'd zig where you'd otherwise zag and not fataly tenderize yourself against it.

Re:Danger-Sensitive (1)

zymurgyboy (532799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11390008)

Of course, this all begs the question, why would you need bluetooth to do it?

Re:Important Safety Tip (5, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389509)

Sure. "Hi! Yeah, I'm on the snowboard. Hang on, I'm about to Bono this tree..."

Re:Important Safety Tip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389631)

Heh heh, it's funny because someone died.

I wonder if you can use the glasses when surfing. "Hi, This wave is about to Thailand me!"

Heh, get it? That should be about 200,000 times funnier than your joke.

Re:Important Safety Tip (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389693)

It's satire. His point is that yukapucks who jabber on their cellular Oakley's are going to deserve exactly what they get. Other than the people who walked back out onto the beach to see what the tsunami was all about as the water did insane things, most of the people who died in Asia didn't die because they were being careless, or doing something that is, on the face of it, inherently reckless. I'm sure you think the Darwin Awards are mean, too. You've got to do a better job with your analogies, or you won't make points. I get your point, but it's not because I missed his (valid, I think) satire.

Re: Important Safety Tip (1)

wasted (94866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389731)

Maybe the Bluetooth-enabled helmet is a better idea than the jacket for actual snowborders.

Re:Important Safety Tip (1)

Michael Woodhams (112247) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389667)

I was thinking about a slightly different safety issue - we have a smallish object (speaker) intended to be held close to the skull. It is in clothing intended for use at high speed on an unstable platform in the presence of hard objects (rocks, trees.)

I don't know enough about snowboarding gear or this product to say whether it is an extra hazard. (Do snowboarders wear helmets? Is the speaker a small, hard object ready to be imbedded in the skull, or a wide rigid object that adds helmet-like protection?)

Re:Important Safety Tip (1)

roach2002 (77772) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389686)

Plus, on icy Pennylvania hills, you can adjust the player on the lift after your 30 second ride downhill.

Re:Important Safety Tip (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389921)

I think what you are looking for is peril sensitive sunglasses. They were last available in the HHGTTG video game.

The goggles! They do nothing! (5, Insightful)

Yaztromo (655250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389342)

And Bluetooth-enabled sunglasses do what exactly? Unfortunately, the article doesn't say. I'm guessing they're going to provide an audio output facility, but who knows for sure?

I'm off to install a Bluetooth chip into my toilet. What is it going to do? Damned if I know, but one things for sure -- /. front page, here I (and my Bluetooth-enabled toilet) come!

Yaz
(...who actually has and uses two Bluetooth devices).

Re:The goggles! They do nothing! (1)

ocularDeathRay (760450) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389384)

I always wondered what turned the water that kool aid blue color sometimes.

that might look like kool aid, but brother.... it sure doesn't taste like kool aid...

trust me.

Re:The goggles! They do nothing! (1)

the darn (624240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389387)

Put a Bluetooth chip in your toothbrush, so when you're brushing and you realize you forgot to flush, you don't have to touch the commode handle in mid-brush.

Re:The goggles! They do nothing! (1)

elecngnr (843285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389405)

Actually, I think they are working to embed the bluetooth (BT) technology in the sunglasses for things like BT enabled phones. There would be some type of earpiece on the glasses and the mic would be built into the frame.

I own and use several BT devices. I have a wireless mouse for my PowerBook. Also, my mac is configured to accept BT from my phone, so I can completely turn off the ringer and the caller ID shows up on my monitor. Very nice for meetings. The lab I work in has a G5 PowerMac with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Not having all those wires helps clean the desk up nicely.

Re:The goggles! They do nothing! (1)

Yaztromo (655250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389479)

I have a wireless mouse for my PowerBook. Also, my mac is configured to accept BT from my phone, so I can completely turn off the ringer and the caller ID shows up on my monitor. Very nice for meetings. The lab I work in has a G5 PowerMac with a wireless keyboard and mouse. Not having all those wires helps clean the desk up nicely.

I'm running the same configuration -- a PowerBook with an Apple Bluetooth Mouse and a Sony Ericcson T610 phone. The phone is configured to not only accept SMS messages, but to synchronize my calendar and contact data, and to permit wireless GPRS Internet access on the PowerBook through the phone. A very nice set-up indeed.

My problem is more with the linked article than with the product itself, which I (obviously) have yet to see, and thus have no opinion of.

Yaz.

Re:The goggles! They do nothing! (2, Funny)

ad0gg (594412) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389408)

I'm off to install a Bluetooth chip into my toilet.

Would that be a shitty interface to your crapper?

Re:The goggles! They do nothing! (1)

XorNand (517466) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389733)

Better than a SCSI interface--requires less frequent system flushes.

Re:The goggles! They do nothing! (1)

trb (8509) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389569)

And Bluetooth-enabled sunglasses do what exactly?

If you get the Bluetooth Blublockers [blublocker.com] , they would probably splode themselves.

Clothes auto dry? (3, Funny)

oskard (715652) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389344)

Auto dry? Auto fit? Auto lace? If it ain't up to McFly's standards, it ain't worth purchasing.

why (1)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389345)



my ipod fits perfectly in my pocket. my head phones are pretty much invisible. why put this in clothes that i'll forget to take out when I wash it. I always hate when new technology comes out and mfg's try to tag it on to every product they have to make it sell.

MOD UP! FIRST "IPOD IS AWESOMER" POST (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389455)


Re:why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389456)

why put this in clothes that i'll forget to take out when I wash it.

So... how often do you put your expensive Oakley sunglasses through the washing machine?

great idea (1, Insightful)

paradoxmember (609285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389349)

This is useful.. when I am driving or outside i am always wearing my sunglasses anyway (for the most part). Now i don't have to worry about a hands free set and my sunglasses not fitting well on my head together.

While Bluetooth 1.1 does not have enough bandwidth (4, Informative)

Karpe (1147) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389350)

for uncompressed "CD quality" audio, what enables these new headphones and this new sunglasses are the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile [holtmann.org] , which compresses the audio using the low complexity lossless Sub-Band Codec [holtmann.org] . These devices usually also support a profile that enables you to play, pause, forward and rewind, or, if paired to a telephone too, to mute the audio when a call is received. This all seems very nice, I just wish these profiles get supported in Tiger (and Longhorn, or Windows XP new Bluetooth stack, to be fair). Can't wait to get some more wireless audio.

Re:While Bluetooth 1.1 does not have enough bandwi (1)

theManInTheYellowHat (451261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389443)

It is Motorola that they teamed up not Apple so it will be a phone that these things talk bluetooth to. So sound quality is already messed up. I guess it would make all those fancy ring tones sound cooler too.

Lawsuit alert (3, Funny)

John3 (85454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389357)

Motorola and Oakley better check with their legal departments...Suntiger Inc. [suntiger.com] might try and sue to protect their intellectual property [bannerwitcoff.com] for "blue blocking sunglasses" which sounds eerily similar to "blue tooth technology".

Dept. of redundancy dept. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389365)

Wireless Bluetooth?

did I miss a meeting?

Bluetooth radius (3, Funny)

Handbrewer (817519) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389369)

If i walk outside my bluetooth radius, i become scared and confused.

Interference! (4, Funny)

Line_Fault (247536) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389390)

What a great product! Now everyone can cause WLAN interference without even trying!

Re:Not really (1)

Bastian (66383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389635)

Bluetooth is incredibly low power, and operates on a different frequencly from WLAN. Also, the peer-to-peer style network topology means that two BT networks in the same area will share the bandwidth rather than interfere with each other.

You'd have to get a lot of devices into a small area before interference would become a big problem.

Re:Not really (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389896)

Bluetooth operates on the same 2.4 to 2.5 GHZ ISM band as "b" and "g" networking, but it is split into something kike 79 non-overlapping channels rather than three non-overlapping channels. I don't know if any reciever allows you to choose, or tries to avoid detected interference though.

It shouldn't interfere, but with a bluetooth mouse next to a bluetooth reciever AND a WLAN reciever within a foot of each other, sometimes I notice a greater lag on the g card.

Imagine... (4, Funny)

graveyardduckx (735761) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389395)

A beowulf cluster of people wearing similar sunglasses... Ok, that even creeps me out.

Re:Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389611)

If that creeps you out, imagine blue tooth enabled condoms. Imagine _THAT_ beowulf cluster.

They are Stylish!!! (5, Funny)

djplurvert (737910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389435)

Oh yeah baby, that's Stylish with a BIG S.

Take a gander here [oakley.com] at the mp3 version. Don't be fooled by the photography, these babies are BULBOUS! I think they're going for the cyborg look.

All I know for sure is that when I say them in compusa I just couldn't stop laughing.

I can't imagine using those things snowboarding. They look like they'd fly off with one quick turn of the head. I like lightweight and simple glasses for boarding. They WILL come off your face, unless of course, you are much better than me and NEVER find yourself yardsailing down the slope. Did I mention that they look like shit.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (3, Funny)

elecngnr (843285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389493)

Yea, they are pretty ugly. But look at the guy wearing them. Are those his real teeth? Maybe those caps are part of the antenna. God, I hope not, the guy looks like some reject from a hip-hop video

Re:They are Stylish!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389669)

I think that's lil john. I'm sure you've been annoyed by choruses of "yeeeeeah!" and "HHHWWWWhaat!!!!?!???!!" since Chapelle's Show started.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389503)

*sigh*

The Oakley's have nothing to do with the Burton stuff, whatsoever. They're two different things. It's just the submitter mentioned them both in the same poorly written summary.

I've read more about the Burtons. They have small speakers embedded in the hood, down by the collar. They aren't plugs that stick in your ears blocking ambient noise. The effect would be more like listening to a portable radio at low volume.

The point is, you can still pay attention to what's going on while listening.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (1)

djplurvert (737910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389750)

Speakers in the hood?

Ok, I'm NOT a good boarder, I'm just some guy who likes the snow. I don't go very fast, maybe 30mph tops and that's really just guessing based on my more experienced bike riding sense of speed. At ANY speed that I go there is SO much ambient noise in my hood that I can't imagine that I'd be able to hear much of anything. Now, for the sit and smoke pot in between each pipe run crowd, that might just work.

Like burton needs another excuse to make overpriced clothing. The ONLY thing you need is a hat that covers your ears, a pair of lightweight glasses that aren't too dark, a good pair of loose fitting snowpants that REALLY work and keep your ass dry, a lightweight top, a pair of loosefitting gloves, a sleveless vest (umderneath the top), and thermal underwear. Everything else just gets in the way.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (1)

Holi (250190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389560)

Shit I sell Oakley products and we just got these in stock. These things are more expensive then an iPod.The 256mb model are almost $550.00.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (1)

vcjim (602423) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389659)

Oakley markets their products to dorks. The people in these pictures are dorks. Dorks will buy them to look cool, and will look even more dorky. Dork, just to say dork again.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (1)

djplurvert (737910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389773)

I think that pretty much smacks the nail on the head.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (2, Informative)

djtripp (468558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389679)

I couldn't snowboard with sunglasses, I much prefer wearing goggles. I do like Oakley, but I would lump the Thump and the Over the Top in the Never would ever wear category. I do like the Tuneups II [giro.com] ear pieces that Giro has created for the their helmets. Much better idea, and a whole lot cheaper. Couple that with the Burton jacket and iPod, and I would be in snowboarding heaven. Also flip up sunglasses are retarded, unless you are playing baseball.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (1)

Juice2504 (744291) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389926)

I have only one question. How come only the 256meg version comes with polarized lenses.

That blows it for me, I would have bought a pair if it wasnt for that. Oh and the fact they look crap, that put me off a bit.

Re:They are Stylish!!! (1)

frinkster (149158) | more than 9 years ago | (#11390046)

I would just like to point out that Motorola's existing bluetooth headsets are very small and lightweight so it's not fair to automatically assume the resulting sunglasses will be as large as the MP3 player sunglasses.

Then again, the Apple iPod Shuffle is tiny too. And once you chew it up like a piece of gum I'm sure it's downright miniscule*.


* Don't swallow the chewed up iPod Shuffle. It will stay in your stomach for 7 years.

More Ways To Become Distracted (3, Insightful)

Uosdwis (553687) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389442)

Yeah this is a good idea.

First we complain about drivers being distracted with phones while on the road. Just wait till we have skiers/boarders doing the same [9news.com] . Not being able to hear when you are listening to your iPod is really safe [thedenverchannel.com]

Re:More Ways To Become Distracted (1)

PixelThis (690303) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389804)

Not to be too harsh, but this problem has been around since the Sony walkman came out, about 25 or 26 [acusd.edu] years ago. You don't have to wait, people have been skiing and snowboarding with musical distractions for nearly a generation.

Re:More Ways To Become Distracted (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389920)

But now they can do it without WIRES! This is the tipping point, man! The butterfly is flapping its wings! WHY ARE YOU NOT PANICKING?

*deep breaths*

Re:More Ways To Become Distracted (1)

dema (103780) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389934)

Uh, why did you link to a story about a skiier dying after being hit by a snowmobile? It mentions headphones in one paragraph but immeadiately rules them out. I'm sure there are some much better examples of driver distraction accidents.

Oakley has a new line of adjustable sunglasses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389477)

You will be able change the opacity of the lenses by adjusting the contrast on your palm.

White Trash (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389513)

Do white trash people even know what BlueTooth is or how to use it? I'd guess not.

Sorry, I'm just a bitter EE that's wasting my life working in an Oakley store in Charlotte, NC. Even though I work in a very nice mall, we still have some of the worst smelling, worst dressing, and worst educated customers you've ever seen. You'll see one nice girl after another walk by the store, but only the 300# hogs stop by to look at Oakley products. I hate my job. The average customer at Wal-Mart, where I worked while in college, is a step above the average Oakley idiot.

They should go with some more stylish frames... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389524)

...and put the electronics in one of those fake Groucho noses. Propably would make for better transmission.

Better than Bluetooth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389545)

Who has the Janta 200 Super Chromatic Peril-Sensitive Sunglasses?

Dead tech! (-1, Flamebait)

DogDude (805747) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389552)

I, for one, am impressed that a company like Motorola is doing product development with a technology that is largely dead. Bluetooth has been largely irrelevant for what... forever? It never took off except in a few specialized geek gadgets, and last I checkced, even geeks were calling Bluetooth dead at least a year ago. What's up with this? What are we going to see next? A brand new gadget using VHS tapes?

Re:Dead tech! (1)

Desert Raven (52125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389792)

Where have you been hiding?

Yes, bluetooth was over-hyped to be the one "one true solution" in the begining. But that doesn't mean it's irrelevant.

For short range devices, it's a good technology, wireless input devices, wireless headsets for mobile phones, etc. Heck, if my current cellphone had bluetooth, a bluetooth hands-free mounted in my car would be ideal. My phone could stay on my belt, but would automatically interface with the hands-free just by getting in the car.

So, no it's not dead, it's not even dying, it's just not the uber-meme of the week anymore.

Just In Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11389590)

Entering a new phase in its efforts to modernize its aging brand, Motorola's accessories division will soon unveil a line of winter clothing..
Swell. It'll probably enter the market .. this Spring?

Paging Daniel Clowes (1)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389698)

Mr. Clowes, your hi-fi pizza is ready. Mr. Clowes [fantagraphics.com] , dial 432 for pickup.

Almost close... (1)

chipset (639011) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389712)

I am not sure about wireless sunglasses.

So, I can't listen to my music when I am not wearing shades?

I want a bluetooth remote for my iPod, I want a bluetooth module for my Bose QuietComfort 2s. I want to control it while I am on a plane, without worrying about all the damned wires.

With that, I don't need electronic embedded clothing...

Sunglasses??? Motorola? (3, Funny)

zymurgyboy (532799) | more than 9 years ago | (#11389848)

Great. So now I can go from being the dork with the tiny Jabra headset who appears to be talking to himself, to being the scary sunglasses-all-the-time Matrix agent who appears to be talking to himself.

DAMN YOU bluetooth device people!

kinda cool (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11390012)

I don't like the optics or style of Oakley (flash over function), but a building a bluetooth headset, if this is in fact what they are talking about, makes much more sense than and MP3 Player. The earphone is done, so all that needs to be designed is the boom. The bluetooth circuitry can easily fit in the space of an mp3 player.

For walking and driving around sunglasses would be much more stable than the average headset.

How they really work (1)

edge_crumbler (709889) | more than 9 years ago | (#11390028)

Actually, this is how they really work - I know this because I read about it on the back of a cereal packet. First the bluetooth connection links in with your cameraphone. You have to pair the two so that they know each other and will talk to each other, it's like friendly functions in C++. After that, is just a matter of clipping your cameraphone to your jacket, or if you've got one of those new flip phones you can just slide it over your top pocket so the camera points out. Ideally, you'll be on a 3G network, but 2.5G works quite well depending on your location because the camera will take photos every few seconds and relay them back to the Oakly NOC. Now, here I'm afraid it becomes decidedly low-tech: They tried baysian filters, image recognition filters and even that technology out of Cambridge that detects excessive pink in the photos, but nothing worked better than just hiring some minimum-wage dufus off the street to quickly scan the photos. When they spot images that cross the threshold of danger they hit a big red button on their desk. It's one of those emergency stop buttons you see at the conveyor sushi restaurants - you know the type - and whamo - a high-priority paging packet is beamed to the phone, zips through the bluetooth connection an shuts those glasses down! Black. Can't see a thing. And just in time too. H2TG make them out to be some all included device but this is the state of the art folks. If they sell well, next year it'll all be integrated. Such is the life cycle of bluetooth devices.
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