First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Debut at CES

The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’ s Alexa voice assistant is going to be shown next week at CES within Las Vegas — manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant’ t growing devices division.

Vuzix Corp. will flaunt a pair of smart glasses that can speak with Amazon. com Inc. ’ s i9000 voice-activated digital assistant and screen information to the wearer’ s industry of view, Vuzix Chief Executive Officer John Travers said in an interview. Vuzix’ s Alexa integration is a part of an Amazon program that allows third-party hardware manufacturers to put the electronic assistant into their products. In Oct, Sonos Inc. unveiled a smart speaker with Alexa’ ersus system for controlling music play-back. The strategy is designed to put Amazon’ s service, which generates income for the company, in as many areas as possible to sell more products.

Amazon . com confirmed that Rochester, New York-based Vuzix’ s device will be the very first smart glasses with Alexa. The organization is “ excited about the potential of the particular glasses and the ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new method, ” a company spokeswoman said. Vuzix’ s shares gained 8. 5 percent to $7 at 2: 04 p. meters. in New York after jumping just as much as 16 percent on the news.

Voice co-workers and augmented-reality products will be highlighted at next week’ h CES consumer electronics show. Executives through Amazon’ s Alexa and Google’ s Assistant will be seeking brand new partners and other big technology businesses, including Apple Inc. and Fb Inc. ’ s Oculus department, will be at the show behind the scenes because they ramp up their virtual-reality and augmented-reality products. AR is a technology that will superimposes digital information such as roadmaps, text messages and more onto a person’ s view of the real world, whilst VR submerses a user into a totally different digitally created world.

Vuzix will release the AR glasses by the second one fourth at a cost of about $1, 500, Travers said. While it’ h a “ high price point, ” he said, “ the ultimate objective is to have it under $500, plus we’ ll be able to do that” by 2019. Wearers, who should be Amazon customers or become Amazon . com customers to enable Alexa’ s features, could for example ask the electronic assistant to pull up a chart or display sports scores to the glasses.

Amazon hasn’ t said whether or not it will release its own branded intelligent glasses with Alexa, but Travers expects it to happen.   “ I think everyone is going to come out with eyeglasses sooner or later, ” he said.

Apple is aiming to possess the technology ready for its own augmented reality glasses by 2019 so that it can release a device by 2020, Bloomberg News reported last year. Oculus said it would release a $200 stand alone VR headset called the Oculus Move this year that doesn’ t need connectivity to a PC or smart phone. Google was an early player within the AR glasses world, launching the particular Google Glass prototype before tugging back and focusing on adding AR functions to its Pixel smartphone plus releasing an enterprise-oriented headset.

Amazon’ s first Alexa device launch was the Echo tone of voice speaker in 2014, but the corporation has since released speakers along with screens, tablets, and TV set-top boxes.

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