Vuzix introduces new 'smart glasses' that will work with the Alexa app

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The very first Alexa-enabled smart glasses are on their way, and making their debut at CES 2018, Las Vegas. The company has been doing this for years.

Ahead of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Amazon announced a new tool kit called the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit that will allow developers "to bring Alexa to portable, on-the-go devices such as hearables, headphones, smart watches, fitness devices, and more". The glasses will be available starting sometime during the second quarter, priced at $1,000.

Executives from Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant will be seeking new partners and other big technology companies, including Apple and Facebook Inc.'s Oculus division, will be at the show behind the scenes as they ramp up their virtual-reality and augmented-reality products.

Aside from Bose, Amazon is already working with a number of device makers, including Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Bowers and Wilkins, and AVS Solution Providers Linkplay, SUGR, and Libre Wireless.

To use the features of Vuzix's AR glasses, Amazon says owners should be an Amazon subscriber first.

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The AR glasses by Vuzix will enable the core Alexa's capabilities, such as showing sports scores, right on the glasses, as reported by Bloomberg. Of course, it's the enterprising young Vuzix who are taking the reigns and spearheading Alexa's incorporation into augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) devices.

It's worth noting that Amazon and Apple aren't the first ones to bring AR glasses to the market. Models such as the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9, and Moto X4 lately entered the smartphone market with Alexa integration alongside Google Assistant.

Vuzix smart glasses run the Vuzix Blade OS that offers an intuitive viewing experience and lets users swipe and tap for a seamless navigation experience.

In August, Microsoft tied-up with Amazon to let Cortana and Alexa work together - rivaling Google Assistant and Siri. But both the companies are yet to showcase their developments.

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