Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Will You Wear Alexa? Amazon Glasses Could Arrive Soon

Will You Wear Alexa? Amazon Glasses Could Arrive Soon

They'll reportedly look just like normal spectacles, but with a bone-conduction audio system that allows wearers to hear what Alexa is saying without putting in earphones. Amazon's Alexa glasses will presumably have a built-in microphone so users can give out voice commands. While Amazon's popular Alexa Echo devices are arguably the king of digital assistants, it's easy to forget the the retailer had a string of failures before that, especially the Fire Phone. The smart glasses also won't have a screen that will let you peer through your lenses and get information.

The Amazon Alexa smart glasses won't feature a display of any kind nor a camera like the Google Glass, according to Engadget. Amazon is open to the idea of opening Alexa to other competing AI assistants, though it has so far only approached Microsoft, CEO Jeff Bezos said. Parviz was first hired by Amazon back in 2014, accoridng to The Verge. What's more, the report's sources also say that Amazon could be planning a new home security camera that could similarly work with Alexa and provide you better insight into what's happening around the house. The two AI-based assistants will now be able to work with each other on a variety of devices, the companies said.

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Granted most of these devices looked really freaky when they leaked, but a bit like the Echo Show make a whole lot of sense after they are fully revealed.

We could see one or both of the fresh devices before the turn of the year, according to the FT, alongside refreshed Echo products.

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But Amazon's greatest hit is undoubtedly the Alexa-powered Echo family of smart speakers, which basically saved the Seattle company's Lab126 research and development department in addition to starting a trend gradually adopted by everyone from Google to Apple and Microsoft. There's no "smart" in glasses if you don't add AR to them.

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