Zungle Sunglasses Deliver Sound Via Bone Conduction Speakers

Zungle audio sunglasses

Zungle Sunglasses Deliver Sound Via Bone Conduction Speakers

UPDATE: Due to the Zungle receiving bad reviews (check the video below), I’ve added it to my Red List.

Wouldn’t you love to cut down on your travel gear?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have one less item to pack, but not lose the functionality of said item?

Zungle (rhymes with jungle) Panther sunglasses lets you leave your earpiece or earphones at home.

But they don’t have built-in earphones.

Panther works in a different way. Let’s take a look.

Zungle Panther audio shades
Zungle Panther audio shades.

What’s in the package?

The Zungle package contains:

  • Zungle Panther sunglasses
  • Micro USB cable
  • Soft case
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Manual & warranty
  • Sticker pack

Bone conduction

Zungle Panthers contain a pair of built-in bone conducting speakers at the end of each arm of the sunglasses.

These speakers, although hardly audible when not on your head, packs a punch when you put on your shades.

What are bone conduction speakers?

What follows is a simplistic description for something technical, but this blog is not a science journal.

Bone conduction speakers deliver sound vibrations to the cochlea.

Read the Wikipedia entry here.

Colonel Sanders loves the Zungle

To prove how well the Zungle Panther works, the guys over at Zungle made a video where they connect the Zungle to a mobile phone via Bluetooth and then play tunes.

At first you hardly hear anything, but then the dude pulls up an empty KFC box and places the sunglasses on top of it.

Boom goes the dynamite; the box amplifies the sound.

Here’s the vid…

Impressive.

Safer

The company claims that Zungle Panthers are safer than earphones.

This is true.

Thanks to the open ear design, sound isn’t blocked from entering your ear.

This is handy for those moments when you find yourself carried onto an abandoned train track by the soothing voice of Dave Grohl.

But the track is not abandoned.

And a train’s approaching.

And the music is intensifying, building up to a crescendo, violins are shrieking.

And just before you get flattened by several tons of moving steel, you step off the track.

Because you could hear the train approaching.

Had you been wearing earphones and your favourite tune was blasting your ears, chances are the whole episode would have turned sombre, even grotesque.

But, with a pair of Zungles, that loco won’t take you by surprise at all.

It’s loco to walk on train tracks in the first place, just by the way…

Same sound

From Zungle’s Kickstarter campaign page: Superior sound comparable to normal earphones.

That doesn’t make sense. If the Zungle delivers superior sound, it cannot be comparable to normal earphones.

They clear up their statement by saying that the Zungle provides sound comparable to normal earphones.

They have this chart on their website…

Chart comparing Zungle to other earphones
Chart comparing Zungle to other earphones.

I have no idea what this means and I suspect I won’t be the only one confused by the lack of information.

If you understand the chart, please clarify in a comment below.

Wireless connectivity

This is one of the best features of the Zungle.

The Zungle pairs with your phone via Bluetooth.

It’s compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

You could invest in a pair of wireless headphones or wireless earphones.

But then you have another item to worry about.

The Zungle gives you the comfort of sunglasses with the beauty of your favourite sound, and it happens to be wire-free.

Phone calls

The Zungle comes with a built-in microphone, allowing you to make phone calls and speak like no one’s watching.

How to charge

To charge the Zungle, fold the right arm down. This reveals a USB charging port to which you connect your charging cable.

The Zungle comes with a 3.7v 300mAh Lithium Polymer battery that gives you four hours of play time and 100 hours of standby.

Charging time is less than an hour.

The Zungle Panther charges via micro USB
The Zungle Panther charges via micro USB.

Colours

Zungle Panthers come in five frame colours. Go business or boardwalk. Your choice.

Zungle Panther shades are available in five shades
Zungle Panther shades are available in five shades.

Switch lenses

This is sweet.

If you’re hooked on your Oakley Frogskin lenses, switch them out with the Zungle’s.

Might not be necessary though. Zungle Panther lenses are available in seven colours, all with 100% UV400 protection.

The company won’t be producing polarised lenses, because Oakley makes polarised lenses.

Play music

There’s a small switch on the Zungle’s right arm. It has three purposes. It switches on the Zungle, pairs it with your phone and controls your playlist.

It’s a simple operation. Push the switch forward and your playlist jogs to the next song; push the switch back and it jumps to the previous beat.

The Zungle Panther has a small switch on the right arm that allows you to pair your shades with your phone and toggle your playlist
The Zungle Panther has a small switch on the right arm that allows you to pair your shades with your phone and toggle your playlist.

Maintenance

The creators of the Zungle are aiming to create an IP45 rated waterproof product.

According to dsmt.com, an IP45 rating gives the following protection:

  • Solids – Protected from tools and small wires greater than 1 millimeter.
  • Liquids – Protected from low pressure water jets from any direction.

Don’t drop a monkey wrench on your Zungle Panthers and expect them to survive.

Final thoughts

Zungle Panther sunglasses seem like a fantastically practical pair of shades.

And they look great too. This is definitely something worth investing in, in my opinion.

If you’re interested in supporting this project, visit the Zungle website.

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