Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week

Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week

The device is created to present wearers with pertinent information directly in their field of view.

The new Vuzix Blade smart AR glasses is said to provide weather updates, a video conference tool, event notifications, social and sports feeds, directions, biometrics and menus. The 75-employee company that specializes in wearable display and virtual reality and augmented reality technologies managed to integrate Alexa into its invention thanks to an Amazon program that enables third-party manufacturers to put the digital assistant into their products.

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Instead of adding a bulk of code to enable Alexa integration, Amazon claims that the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit enables OEMs to connect their Bluetooth audio-capable devices directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa app on end users' mobile devices.

To use the features of Vuzix's AR glasses, Amazon says owners should be an Amazon subscriber first. While it's a "high price point", he said, "the ultimate goal is to have it under $500, and we'll be able to do that" by 2019.

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"Bose is excited to add a remarkable new Alexa experience for our customers", Bose product management director Brian Maguire said in a statement. The AR smart glasses will also support voice commands as it comes with Alexa voice assistant. Combined with the prospect of consumers becoming increasingly reliant on their voice-activated smart assistants, the glasses might just pave the way for a new kind of explosive trend. Everyone's attention was previously focused on Apple and its rumored AR smart glasses. Apple's AR smartglasses are supposed to come to market in 2020. Vuzik's Travers expects Amazon to eventually offer its own version of Alexa-enabled AR glasses.

Launched with Amazon Echo speaker family back in 2014, Alexa is now taking on Google Assistant with its recent debut in the market of smartphones. The eyewear is basically like the failed concept Google Glass, but an intelligent machine along for the ride.

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