Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

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

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

And so here we are, with more news of Amazon and partners integrating Alexa into every product that might come to mind - glasses, cars, mirrors, microwave ovens, mobile accessories, computers and many others.

Of course, people won't be talking about the condition of relations between Alexa and Cortana almost as much as they will be talking about voice-activated toilets.

Michael Dobbs, a vice president at 360i, believes one reason Amazon continues to dominate smart-speaker sales despite Alexa's relatively poor technical performance is because of the company's two-year head start.

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Amazon is set to use CES 2018 to deliver commercial grade augmented-reality glasses with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built in.

Over the weekend, Bloomberg learned that Rochester, New York-based company Vuzix is unveiling its Alexa-enabled smart glasses at the largest consumer technology trade show this week. Further reports also reveal that Vizux's augmented reality glasses might be offered cheaper by next year.

The partnership between Microsoft and Amazon means you'll be able to open up Alexa on Windows by saying "Hey Cortana, open Alexa". To take advantage of Alexa's capabilities on the AR smartglasses, a wearer needs to be an Amazon subscriber. The Vuzix Blade could be the first AR smart glasses that will catch on and not go down the path of Google Glass. While Alexa integration could be found all over the CES show floor, Google Assistant made a big CES splash, too. They could even get weather updates through the glasses. The CEO acknowledges that is a significant amount of money to drop on smart glasses and says the goal is to bring the price down to $500 by 2019. The mixed reception has taught startups and manufacturers what pitfalls to avoid and how to make a smart glasses product that has the potential to be both mainstream and useful for productivity fans.

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