Vuzix introduces new 'smart glasses' that will work with the Alexa app


Recent reports have revealed that a company called Vuzix will be releasing the first augmented reality glasses with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant integrated into its technology. Since it has Alexa for voice commands and now Display Cards for Amazon's visual info, it stands to be more capable than the $230/£200 Echo Show. Or maybe you picked up an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and are curious about smart locks that lock - and unlock - your front door by talking out loud. It will soon make its way to get the anticipated HomePod voice-controlled speaker from Apple.

Amazon hasn't said whether it will release its own branded smart glasses with Alexa, but Travers expects it to happen.

The glasses are created to present info from the paired device in the wearer's field of vision, such as mapping directions, restaurant menus or weather information, as well as capture video and pictures and answer phone calls and texts right from the glasses. "Accessing Alexa's music, information, and vast number of skills on our headphones will become easier than ever, and we're looking forward to bringing our collaboration to life".

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.

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.

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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.

The kit will be available later this year.

To use the features of Vuzix's AR glasses, Amazon says owners should be an Amazon subscriber first. They could even get weather updates through the glasses.

Meanwhile, I'm eager see what other products Amazon, Google and others trot out this week at tech's biggest trade show.