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

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

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

"Alexa, what is it I'm looking at?"

They'll be on the market later this year, and they will be pricey, about $1,000, but Travers says the hope is to eventually have them for sale for under $500.

Vuzix Corp. will show off a pair of smart glasses that can talk to Amazon.com Inc.'s voice-activated digital assistant and display information to the wearer's field of view, Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers said in an interview. He also confirmed that these will be the first augmented reality glasses to support Amazon's digital assistant Alexa. Where it was only found in Amazon's Echo devices, in the beginning, the smart assistant now has access to cars, home security systems, appliances, and it will soon be able to bake cakes.

Adding Alexa's machine learning smart capabilities into the mix makes a lot of sense and could really turn the Blade specs into a device that is useful for both work and play, providing you can stomach wearing the nerd goggles out in public; that didn't work out so well for Google Glass.

Vuzix official websitePromotional picture for Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses.

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To start, just select the voice assistant you use below - either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

"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.

One place you might find Alexa is in the bathroom, with Kohler for example adding Amazon's assistant to what it calls the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror. Other interested developers can sign up here before the kit is made broadly available by summer 2018.

Aside from Bose, Amazon is already working with a number of device makers, including Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Bowers and Wilkins, and AVS Solution Providers Linkplay, SUGR, and Libre Wireless.

Vuzix has been a regular at CES for years, crafting head-mounted displays and smartglasses often aimed at businesses - or very enthused wearable fans. This is where the business uses shine too: with an AR app, a fictional engineer look at a broken circuit board, get the glasses to identify what's wrong, and order the parts immediately through Amazon.

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