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.
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.