Amazon’s Alexa software has already made its way into just about every Internet-connected device you can imagine, like smartwatches, lamps, and refrigerators, to name just a few. Next, Amazon’s voice-enabled digital assistant could live in your glasses.
At CES 2018, wearable display company Vuzix unveiled its latest pair of augmented reality glasses, the Vuzix Blade, which can communicate with Amazon’s Alexa assistant. The glasses are set to launch in the second quarter of 2018 for $1,000.
Vuzix’s Blade AR glasses feel like an improved version of Google Glass with better picture quality. The Android-based headset work fine on its own, as it’s a fully functional computer, but it must be tethered via Bluetooth to your smartphone or connected to a Wi-Fi network to access certain features, like email and text notifications. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera for snapping photos. Vuzix says the glasses will be compatible with prescription lenses.
As with Google Glass, Vuzix Blade wearers can navigate the glasses’ interface by swiping and tapping on a touchpad along the side of the eyewear. The display feels a bit larger and is situated more prominently in the user’s field of view than with Google Glass, although wearers can adjust the display to move it higher or lower based on what feels comfortable.