Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Amazon's Alexa Will Help Power a Pair of Smart Glasses

Amazon's Alexa Will Help Power a Pair of Smart Glasses

With the AR glasses, users can potentially keep in touch with Alexa all the time.

The very first Alexa-enabled smart glasses are on their way, and making their debut at CES 2018, Las Vegas.

We'll see Vuzix's AR glasses with Alexa support before the summer of 2018, at a price point around $1,000 Dollars.

Over the weekend, Bloomberg learned that Rochester, New York-based company Vuzix is unveiling its Alexa-enabled smart glasses at the largest consumer technology trade show this week. Third-party smart speakers, aside from the Amazon Echo lineup, such as Harman Kardon Allure and Logitech UE Blast and UE Megablast also included Alexa integration. Amazon has revealed that they're getting ready to bring Alexa outside of the Echo.

It's good to see the smart glasses market continue after Google Glass had a rough test launch.

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Wearers, who must be Amazon customers or become Amazon customers to enable Alexa's capabilities, could for example ask the digital assistant to pull up a map or display sports scores on the glasses. Executives from Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant are to be seeking new partners and other big technology companies, including Apple Inc and Facebook Inc's Oculus division, will be at the show behind-the-scenes as they ramp up their virtual reality and AR products.

However, in most cases, consumers inevitably have to leave Alexa behind because they have to go do annoying human stuff that requires work and actually going places like the office.

In August, Microsoft tied-up with Amazon to let Cortana and Alexa work together - rivaling Google Assistant and Siri.

"With the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, [original equipment manufacturer] development teams no longer need to perform the bulk of the coding for their Alexa integration", Amazon's Gagan Luthra explained in the announcement. However, Amazon said several headphone makers including Bose, Beyerdynamic and Bowers & Wilkins are already developing products with it. The kit will be made available to manufacturers later this year.

Google was an early player in AR glasses, launching the Google Glass prototype before pulling back and focusing on adding AR features to its Pixel smartphone and releasing an enterprise-oriented headset.

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