Product Review: Nix Googles

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When I heard about Nix Googles I contacted Russell, the designer, about using a pair when I give rides on my pedicab downtown. The “googles” display a variety of complex patterns and overpower most smartphone cameras with their brilliant lights. What’s more, they respond to music, via a built in microphone with highly adjustable gain. In fact, the gain control is so sensitive, that at the highest setting it responds to sounds I barely hear. Turn the sensitivity down all the way and you’ll need a plane taking off to make it react …or a Skrillex show.

They can really be used anywhere. Many who tried them wanted to ski or play paintball in them. There is really no limit to what you can use them for.

The variety of patterns is so large it’s almost hard to manage. Numerous choices ensure that the user never tires of the effects. After all my time with them I still enjoy gazing at the patterns and watching them react to music. U.S.A. and 8-Ball are my favorites. 8-Ball is the most lifelike pattern, while the red, white and blue of the U.S.A. pattern proudly celebrates the product’s country of origin. That’s right, it’s all done here in the USA, so your money won’t go overseas when you buy this trendy gizmo!

But you must be wondering, sure they are cool, but will they get messed up at a concert? What if I let my friends try them on?

After owning my pair of Nix Googles for over a month and subjected them to a barrage of torturous activities, I must say that these things are tough.  I’ve used them when I pedicab in downtown Austin, Texas for 20 work nights.  They have been worn in the rain, sleet, hail, freezing cold and have survived these conditions for over 50 hours (moving time) spent riding more than 300 miles on my pedicab in December alone.

Hundreds of people have tried them on.  Few were gentle, but still the “googles” soldiered on without complaint. Until one night. An inebriated passenger on New Years Eve swung them violently by the strap and slammed them repeatedly against the fiberglass siding of my pedicab. Certain they must have been destroyed, I asked for them to be given back, rather irritated that he would intentionally try to damage them. Alas! they survived. On rare occasions a few LEDs might go dim, but by wiggling the board around in the goggles a bit I was able to get them all to work normally again.

Then I took them to Las Vegas. Numerous additional first time users tried them on. A few people dropped them or flexed the lens excessively. But the durable construction won in the end. As a matter of fact I’m about to use them right now. It’s a bit later than I usually start working, but my feet are really tired from walking in Vegas. It should be noted also that crossing the street was much easier. In a place like Vegas, with a high rate of pedestrian fatalities, that’s kind of a big deal.

At a modest price of $99 this dynamic, music reactive light display is a treat for concert goers of all ages. With proper care, there is no reason they shouldn’t last a decade or more. I recommend finding a soft pouch to put them in, should you decide to stuff them into a larger bag. Like bread or eggs at the grocery store, try to put them in last so you don’t crush them. They can also be conveniently worn around the user’s neck when not in use.

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Here’s one more video of this awesome product in action.