Vuzix Corp is to show off a pair of "smart" glasses that can talk to Amazon'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.
Amazon hasn't said whether it will release its own branded smart glasses with Alexa, but Travers expects it to happen. Executives from Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant will 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 augmented-reality products. Of course, it's the enterprising young Vuzix who are taking the reigns and spearheading Alexa's incorporation into augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) devices. That includes stock prices, sports scores and weather data.
At first glance, the Vuzix Blade AR Smart Glasses resemble your standard pair of sunglasses. They could just wear the glasses to work, to events, or even while sipping coffee at a Café.
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Vuzix will release its AR glasses by the second quarter at a cost of about Dollars 1,000, CEO Paul Travers told Bloomberg. Simply ask Alexa questions just as how you've done before, and the glass will show results in an AR setting.
The company knows the $1,000 price tag is quite expensive, so it's hoping to sell them for below $500 by 2019. "AR smart glasses that right out of the box provide hands-free access to all the alerts from your phone, while allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket". However, the Cupertino giant is not expected to release its high-tech spectacles until 2020. From there we'll send you to a page with smart devices, appliances and gadgets that work with an Alexa-enabled smart speaker, or one with Google Assistant baked inside. But with Siri's HomePod debut delayed, Alexa seems to be stepping into the augmented reality market. As a producer of compatible head-mounted displays for the technology, the company is no novice in the AR market. Google tried to commercialize this technology way back in 2012. The eyewear is basically like the failed concept Google Glass, but an intelligent machine along for the ride.
The new glasses would pair with your smartphone.
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