iBeacon technology notifies you if these Tzukuri sunglasses go out of your range.
When it first came out, ‘Find My iPhone’ was a truly miraculous thing. It enabled users to find the location of a lost iPhone within a pretty accurate range, so long as the device was on. A major problem is that the phone’s battery doesn’t last very long, so the time you had to find it was limited. Despite that fact, the app has continued to increase in popularity, but the technology has not been used on many other consumer products, until now.
Tzukuri is an Australian sunglasses company that just released a line of trackable sunglasses with embedded Bluetooth Low Energy technology, so very little power is necessary to track them. What’s more? These sunglasses are solar powered, so you never have to worry about them going ‘off,’ and are capable of tracking within the nearest foot. Tzukuri sunglasses use iBeacons licensed directly from Apple, so your iPhone can save the last place you and the glasses were together and plot that location on a map. They will also begin sending you notifications once you move 16 feet away from the phone, even if you don’t open the app.
The Tzukuri glasses are made in Japan and endure an impressive 100 step process, with eight quality control checks. The technology resides within a hidden 3mm chip and has an 82 ft range. They have anti-scratch lenses with 100% UV protection and are available in six distinct, celebrity inspired designs: Grace Kelly, Truman Capote, Atticus Finch, John Kennedy, John Lennon, and Tom Ford.
Tzukuri will begin to run a crowdfunding campaign which will allow people to purchase the glasses for $230 (the price will increase when the campaign concludes), and will be shipped on or before January 2015. According to 9To5Mac, designers are also working on trackable prescription glasses.