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Heighten your senses and help change the lives of children around the world.
Richard Sanpei
San Luis Obispo, California
United States
9 Team Members

We invite you to join us as Visionary Partners of Sanpei Optics. By investing in the first production of our glasses, you will receive the style of your choice (see the ‘Perks’ to the right) and will forever be a part of our team. You will be kept updated on the progress of our company, receive early pre-views of new models and have the ability to purchase future glasses directly from us at at 50% off retail. --Richard & Linda 

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"...cool enough for rock stars ...The design is ingenious." -Cult of Mac

"...will change the way you look at music" -TRENDHUNTER

"...few are as elegant as this project." -Nada nos Libra de Escorpio

"… ingenious design..." -AtCrux

"...a simpler and cleaner look." -Gadgeters

"...earbuds can actually be detached...." -Übergizmo

"...brand-new, high-tech designs for sunglasses." -New Times

"...sunglasses with integrated earbuds" -WareGround

"...discretely fits into the ears." -Kinectic Shift

"...sleek and subtle..." -TECHGADGET




Sanpei Optics audio-adaptable glasses provide a sound solution for today's connected world. The unique patented eyewear design allows the user to connect to their iPhone, Android or other devices to communicate, stream music or audio-books, cancel noise or simply wear as traditional glasses, adjusting for various needs throughout the day. Sanpei Optics takes your senses to new heights to transform the way you see the world.

Our mission is to change the way we experience the world through sight and sound, and to be a part of improving the lives of others. A portion of all proceeds of our glasses will therefore be shared with World Vision to support their humanitarian and advocacy work around the world.

We have launched our campaign to ask for your support to bring our first two models to market.

I.M.I.O. model  (Inspire Me, Inspire Others) G.I.Y.A.  model  (Give It Your All)


Demo Video



The concept for the design first came about when I worked as a general contractor and watched construction workers fumbling with their ear plugs. I conceptualized glasses with a temple bar that would hold ear plugs in place. Armed with a good idea, I began the design concept, and with the input of engineers, was able to create a revolutionary one-of-a-kind retractable and fully adjustable hinge temple bar that was granted a U.S. Utility Patent.

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The increasing popularity of hand-held devices and earbuds provided the inspiration to expand the unique design concept to the next level. Through additional engineering, the earbud docking system evolved.




The ultra-light and flexible sensorymagnetic airframe will keep you comfortable, regardless of your activity. The design unifies form and function together with style so lightweight that you may even forget you have them on.


The glasses were designed to accommodate iPhone (or standard) earbuds as well as our own Sanpei earbuds. Sanpei earbuds feature high fidelity 10mm drivers to deliver rich bass and clear highs. Our glasses will be shipped with both high-fidelity 10mm waterproof earbuds and earbuds with inline microphone for hands-free communication (the inline mic is not waterproof).The three sizes of silicone tips ensure the perfect fit. The earbuds come with the standard 3.5mm jack and fit today’s most popular devices, including: iPhone, Android phones, iPad, iTouch, iPod, Nook and others. 



Because of the flexible hinge design, you can opt to wear the glasses with only one earbud in for increased awareness of the world around you, or snap the earbuds out altogether for traditional sunglasses.

Made for use while communicating at work or play, Sanpei earbuds allow you to seamlessly transition between listening to music and communication.

Our glasses are perfect for the active lifestyle user, but are also useful in many professional applications such as heavy equipment operation, the airline industry or the military as well as everyday home and hobby use.  





Lens quality is a very important element of our design. Sanpei Optics lenses are scratch-resistant, water-wicking and TAC polarized for optimum clarity with 100% UV protection. The fashionable I.M.I.O. model is also adaptable to prescription lenses. With every detail, we want to be certain to provide the best possible quality.


Sanpei Optics clearly compete shoulder-to-shoulder in style, durability and functionality with traditional premium sunglasses, while exceeding expectations with the innovation of audio-adaptability. Sanpei Optics provide a sound and flexible solution to a market need. They do not require batteries, are non-toxic, and are adaptable to most any external device.


Our glasses will be shipped with a dual-pocket carrying pouch with separate sleeves for the sunglasses and high fidelity 10mm earbuds. The soft micro-fiber material is perfect for cleaning and maintaining your lenses.





California Polytechnical University Support Video


We are thankful that we have had the opportunity to mentor with some amazing eyewear industry leaders and entrepreneurs who have provided invaluable guidance. With their direction, we have been able to avoid some of the major mistakes startup companies might face. Cornerstone to our efforts has been the Small Business Development Center for Innovation and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. With their guidance we’ve been able to take our project from concept, engineering and tooling up to the point of being ready for manufacturing.



Your support of Sanpei Optics will also enrich the efforts of World Vision in over 100 countries to help communities worldwide reach their full potential by addressing the causes of hunger, poverty, aids, disasters and humanitarian emergencies. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. We hope you'll join us in making a difference. Ten percent of the proceeds of this campaign will be donated to the 13.1 Los Angeles Half Marathon benefiting World Vision, January 13, 2013. World Vision will use these funds to provide water to thousands of people living without clean water in Africa.




With your backing, we will begin manufacturing our original production glasses and provide you with the design of your choice. After our campaign, our next step will be to seek distribution through retail stores and online outlets. Your early support will help us bring our audio-adaptable glasses to market, and we will keep you involved as we develop new styles and models, including metal frames, prescription glasses, safety glasses and more. We invite you to be an active part of the future of Sanpei Optics.




We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already provided so much support to us. We are eternally grateful! 


Apple, Android, and Nook are trademarks, no endorsement implied.



Can I receive my glasses in time for the holidays?

Your support through Indiegogo will help us place our first manufacturing order, but the glasses will not arrive in time for the holidays. We will however send you a gift card with a photo of the glasses so that you can wrap up your gift in time for the holidays.

When will I receive my Sanpei Optics?

We will place our order as soon as we as the campaign ends and we are funded. We expect fulfillment of the first order in February and will ship to our campaign backers immediately.

How are these different from other audio-capable glasses?

There have been other sunglasses with audio capacity, but their mass, weight, style, functionality and price tag made them less approachable. The designs contained an MP3 player in the rigid temple bar with ear buds permanently fastened to the glasses. Sanpei Optics provides a sound and flexible solution to a market need. 

Where do I add the international shipping charge?

When you select a contribution level, you're prompted to enter in the total contribution amount just below.  This is the spot to add international shipping charges, or just toss a few extra bucks our way just to be nice.

Can I wear earbuds in while biking or driving a car?

Florida, Rhode Island, California, Maryland, and Delaware prohibit the use of headsets in BOTH ears while operating a bicycle, but you can wear Sanpei Optics with only one ear bud in, allowing you to be aware of the world around you while biking or driving a car. We recommend you look at the following web site for further guidance in the U.S. (http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/uploads//2012/04/wearing-headphones-while-driving-map.jpg)














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  • $50USD

    The adventure pack includes a Sanpei Optics light-weight microfiber and mesh sport pack and an eco-friendly reusable metal water bottle. The pack features an open air mesh fabric back, sturdy reinforced bottom corners and strong grommet and cord drawstring construction. The handy rubber earbud port with inside pocket keeps your MP3 player secure and the pack can fold flat – perfect for travel. We’ll also throw in a set of our Sanpei Optics waterproof earbuds!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $90USD

    YOUR CHOICE of either the G.I.Y.A. or I.M.I.O. model glasses with BOTH the high-fidelity 10mm waterproof earbuds AND earbuds with inline microphone for hands-free communication (the inline mic is not waterproof). The TAC polarized lenses are water-wicked and scratch-resistant. Early birds will receive a micro-fiber dual-pocketed carrying pouch. Retail value is $150. Free shipping in the U.S. (Please add $10 shipping for Canada and $15 for international shipping).

    15 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $170USD

    Receive a pair of the inaugural glasses, one G.I.Y.A. and one I.M.I.O., in jet black. They will be shipped with 2 pairs of high-fidelity 10mm waterproof earbuds AND 2 pairs with an inline microphone for hands-free communication (the inline mics are not waterproof). The glasses feature TAC polarized lenses, are water-wicked and scratch-resistant. Plus 2 micro-fiber dual-pocketed pouches. Retail value is $300. Free shipping in the U.S. (Please add $10 for Canada and $15 for international).

    4 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $425USD

    (5) I.M.I.O. glasses, (5) pairs of HF 10mm waterproof earbuds AND (5) pairs of the same high-fidelity earbuds with inline microphone for hands-free commaunication (inline mics are NOT waterproof). The glasses feature smoke colored TAC polarized lenses, are water-wicked and scratch-resistant. Jet black frames. Shipped with (5) micro-fiber dual-pocketed carrying pouch. Retail value is $750. Free shipping in the U.S. (Please add $10 for shipping to Canada and $15 for international).

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $800USD

    TEN SETS OF SANPEI OPTICS – (5) G.I.Y.A. models, (5) I.M.I.O. models, (10) high-fidelity 10mm waterproof earbuds and (10) earbuds with inline microphone for hands-free communication (the inline mic is not waterproof). Frames are jet black with smoke colored TAC polarized, water-wicked, scratch-resistant lenses. Shipped with (10) micro-fiber dual-pocketed carrying pouch. Retail value $1,500. Free shipping in the U.S. (Please add $10 shipping for Canada and $15 for international shipping).

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
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