Vuzix Launching First Alexa-Powered AR Glasses Next Week

Amazon's Alexa-enabled digital glasses to debut at CES next week

Amazon allows Alexa integration in third party products, and several tech manufacturers are using Alexa with their speakers and more, but this is the first time we're seeing Alexa breach another reality.

Interestingly, Amazon is not the first company to launch a pair of digital glasses that are Alexa-enabled.

Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers said that his Company will release its AR glasses by the second quarter at a cost of about US$1,000, Travers said. That honor will go to a company called Vuzix.

An Amazon spokesman has said that they are; "excited about the potential of the glasses and the ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way". The AR glasses enable users to talk to Alexa without bringing out their smartphones or tablets, which serves to help make the smart assistant the ubiquitous technology that Amazon was hoping it would be.

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The Vuzix Blade specs look a little like chunky retro-future sunglasses, the kind of things you'd expect the fashionistas of London's borough of Chelsea to attempt to pull off while snaffling Bellini cocktails as an oligarch's swanky digs. In typical Vuzix fashion, there's a floating screen running Android, offering visual assistance to your voice commands. "Customers who connect their devices with the Amazon Alexa app can take advantage of all the great features available through AVS, including streaming media, smart home capabilities, thousands of Alexa skills, calendar management, weather updates, and more", said Gagan Luthra, Head of Developer Marketing, Amazon, in a blog post. Just ahead of CES on Friday, Amazon announced the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit toolkit.

Amazon has already said that Bose, Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Bowers & Wilkins, among others, plan on adding Alexa to various Bluetooth audio devices in the coming months.

Vuzix is no stranger to smartglasses.

In August, Microsoft tied-up with Amazon to let Cortana and Alexa work together - rivaling Google Assistant and Siri. The product will respond by showing the result over the glasses' interior display.

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