Hey guys. We are constantly surrounded by new tech every single day and every company hopes to create the next smart product that actually improve our lives. And today what if I told you that you can listen to music and make phone calls with just your sunglasses? The Zungle Viper is that product. It’s created by the company Zungle that aims to redefine wearable devices.
It uses bone conduction technology that transmit sound waves to the ears via vibrations. So in short you can listen to music while allowing you to still hear the environment. Pretty crazy isn’t it? I’m sure you guys are as curious as me so let’s get started.
In fact, the Zungle Viper is actually the successor of the original Zungle Panther. Zungle took the feedback from customers and fixed issues encountered in the Zungle Panther. Presentation is pretty nice, with a egg shell box that holds the glasses in place. Inside you will also find a charging cable, warranty papers and a manual guide.
The sunglasses look really funky with the yellow polarized lenses. Initially I was a little worried about how it’s going to look on me, but actually I think it looks pretty good! There are more colours to choose from even for their lenses. The arms of the glasses are pretty thick, that’s to accommodate the technology that’s in there. Each arm has a battery so you will need to charge them individually. The Zungle LED logo lights up in red when it’s charging and cyan when it’s full and it takes around an hour plus to charge to full.
It uses Bluetooth 5.0 and pairing it is pretty easy, look for Zungle with the emoji and connect to it. The buttons on the left controls the volume and the AI button. The AI button interacts with Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android. The buttons on the right controls the music player and to accept and reject incoming calls. Button placement is good and easy to identify with the fingers as well. To power it on, hold both power button at the same time or else it can’t be detected. You can hold any power button to turn it off.
There are rubber paddings at the end of the arm to keep the glasses snug while wearing it. But for me, the length of the arms is a little long, so the arc of the arms does not rest on my ear. But when adjusting it to rest nicely on my nose, the bone conducting pads actually help to keep it in place.
Talking about bone conduction, initially my first impression is that it will be totally silent, only using vibrations to transmit sound to the ears. But at higher volumes, the music can still be heard without wearing the glasses. Tested indoors and I could listen music at low volumes without much sound leakage and my wife couldn’t hear what I was listening. Using it outdoors on the other hand, I had to increase the volume to compensate for the ambient sound. And this time my wife could hear what I was listening when standing beside me. The Zungle Viper is IPX4 certified so it’s good for sweat and splash resistant when using it for gym or running.
The sound quality isn’t too bad. Clarity was quite good but I feel the bass is a little too weak. Definitely can’t compare to real earphones. As for taking calls or using the assistant, it feels pretty futuristic accessing it directly on the glasses. Calls were clear on both sides and the microphone picked up words clearly for the AI assistant as well. As for battery life, I got about 3 and a half hours as opposed to the advertised 4 hours.
There wasn’t any discomfort when using it, even when listening to music for longer periods of time. What I love about the Zungle Viper is that without pulling out my phone, I can talk on the phone, use the assistant, listen to music, and still be aware of the surrounding. Using the Zungle Viper has been a fun experience and I can see myself using it but in specific situations. If you’re someone that minds what others can hear and prefers privacy, then these glasses are not for you. Other than that, the people that can benefit the most are outdoor people that needs to hear what’s going on around them.
ZUNGLE Viper: Music Sunglasses.
Equipped with Bone Conduction Technology.