Augmented Reality (AR), and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant could arguably be two of the technology industries hottest services right now. What better way to increase the adaptation of both even further by combining the two together in one product. That is what New York-based company called Vuzix is doing at CES 2018 this year, debuting the world’s first Alexa-enabled augmented reality glasses.
As to how this system would work, you will be able to ask Alexa questions the same way that you would normally, and the glasses will show you the results similar to what Google Glass did. For example, if you ask Alexa for directions to a certain store, the glasses will showcase a map on the AR screen, as long as you have an Amazon account.
Last year, Amazon announced that it would open up Alexa to third-party services. Since then, we’ve seen smart fixtures, speakers, and other devices benefit from the integration, and the list of devices adopting the technology is only expected to grow over time.
If these Alexa-enabled smart glasses look interesting to you, prepare to shell out $1,000 to get them. Vuzix chief Paul Travers understands that it is such a high price to ask, but the company is hopeful that the price will be able to go down to $500 by 2019, stating that “everyone is going to come out with [Alexa-enabled] glasses sooner or later,” so the company is going for a competitive price to gain over future customers.
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