Vuzix Launching First Alexa-Powered AR Glasses Next Week

Angelica Greene
January 10, 2018

The first augmented-reality (AR) glasses with Amazon.com Inc's Alexa voice assistant is to be shown next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas - manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant's growing devices division. The Vuzix Blade comes with Android support for app developers as well as Vuzix's own app store, and can be paired also with iOS devices.

It's good news for Vuzix, who's shares went up nearly 8% after the news broke.

Vuzix also targets enterprise and industrial users for the glasses, promising a simple, comfortable form factor that can also accommodate prescription glasses. The AR glasses will reportedly arrive in the second quarter with a cost around $1,000 (approximately Rs. 63,400). The company aims to bring the price down to under United States dollars 500 by 2019.

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".

Spreading Alexa's voice has been Amazon's vision for some time, and was a major theme at last year's CES, too, with Alexa starting to infiltrate cars, fridges and other household appliances.

Vuzix Launching First Alexa-Powered AR Glasses Next Week

The Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit is designed for Bluetooth-enabled headphones, smart watches, fitness devices and others.

However, Vuzix has emerged as the first smartglass maker to showcase the development in real.

Augmented reality is a technology that projects computerized images onto a live video image from the real world, while its cousin virtual reality completely embeds the user in a 360-degree computer-generated world. But with Siri's HomePod debut delayed, Alexa seems to be stepping into the augmented reality market.

It's worth noting that Amazon and Apple aren't the first ones to bring AR glasses to the market.

Enjoy The GearBrain and let us know if you don't see a product listed - but are searching for a solution that works specifically with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. To take advantage of Alexa's capabilities on the AR smartglasses, a wearer needs to be an Amazon subscriber.

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