When someone goes to the beach, chances are great that they'll be wearing a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes from the UV rays. It's also likely that they'll want a pair of goggles for getting a clear view under water. Sealz is a new pair of sunglasses that can actually become a pair of goggles with a button press, allowing them to be used for both purposes.
On a daily basis, Sealz can be worth like any other pair of sunglasses. When conditions are harsh from things like snow or dust, or the user wants to go for a swim, he or she simply needs to push the buttons on the side of the sunglasses to create a seal. Once done, the user pulls the lens portion forward to break the seal and start wearing them as normal sunglasses again.
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Of course, to function as goggles the Sealz sunglasses do feature a strap around the back. This may cause them to stand out a bit from traditional offerings, but for users who regularly find themselves in a situation where they need to protect their eyes with a tight seal, that may be a tradeoff they are willing to accept.
Some other notable features of the Sealz sunglasses include full UVA/UVB protection, impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses, and polarization to reduce glare.
Sealz is seeking funding on Kickstarter to bring its sunglass/goggle hybrids to market. The team is seeking AUD$32,500 (about US$24,900). It still has a ways to go before it meets its goal, but it has plenty of time left in its funding period. Backers interested in preordering a pair can do so for a minimum pledge of AUD$79 ($60) while the early special lasts. From there, the price jumps to AUD$89 (US$68).
The Kickstarter pitch video below shows the Sealz in use and provides some back story from its creators.