Gadget Spot: High-tech sunglasses

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When it comes to style or "cool," sunglasses make a statement all their own.

Iconic rock stars like John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Ozzy Osbourne were all noted for the teashades they wore.

Pilots, already in a profession as cool as they come, have their own aviator style. Law enforcement officials make their statement with mirrored glasses.

And outsized personalities like Elton John, Elvis and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are often remembered wearing their oversized, shaded eyewear.

Whether you're a famous person avoiding the paparazzi or simply the victim of a long night that lasted one drink too long, sunglasses can be your best friend.

Shades wearers have long been able to choose from seemingly limitless styles, but only recently have sunglasses equipped with gadgetry been added to the fray.

Calvin Klein enters the market in about a month with their USB Memory Frames (expected to cost $200).

The special feature lies in the right temple arm, which has a built-in 4GB flash drive. When wearers need to download or copy a photo, song, video clip or other digital file, they'll simply tug on the plastic frame of their shades to expose a hidden flash drive, then plug it into any USB port to do their work.

These sunglasses will be available in men's and women's styles and will come in four different colored frames. Try to ignore the fact that since a typical 4GB flash costs $15 to $20, $200 should buy you a 64GB flash drive - frankly, true fashion does not come cheap.

While USB Memory Frames have a bit of a James Bond feel, they can't hold a candle to the Video Recording Sunglasses (available at for $200). With these glasses on, wearers can record everything their eyes see.

This gadget has a .3 megapixel camera, capable of producing 320x240 resolution videos, hidden in the nose bridge. With 2GB of onboard memory, these sunglasses can record two and a half hours of video.

If that isn't enough record time, the left temple arm has a microSD card slot where you can load enough memory to surreptitiously shoot that wedding, party or event you obviously don't feel comfortable documenting with camera in hand.

These sunglasses have a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to three hours, and they even sport a UV rating of 400.

After these gadgets, sunglasses may never be the same.

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