Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – The biggest tech show on this planet has just began, showcasing gadgets meant to be launched in the near future. For the next six days gadgets that you would have only dreamed or heard of will be shown off by the biggest tech brands(barring Apple) right here in Las Vegas.
Voice assistants and augmented reality are expected to be some of the more highlighted fields at this year’s CES considering the widespread launch of Google Home and Amazon Echo products globally last year. We already heard news from LG that it would be integrating “Google Assistant” to its “ThinQ Series” OLED and SUHD TV’s expected to launch later this year.
According to Bloomberg, US-based startup Vuzix will be announcing its pair of AR smart glasses integrated with Amazon’s very own AI “Alexa” setting a trend that is expected to be followed by many this year.Manufactured by a 75-employee company, these smart glasses can talk to Amazon Inc.’s voice-activated digital assistant with the help of an Amazon account and display information on the wearer’s field of view. During an interview with Bloomberg, Vuzix CEO Paul Travers said that “Vuzix’s Alexa integration is part of an Amazon program that allows third-party hardware manufacturers to put the digital assistant into their products”.
Amazon Inc, confirmed Vuzix’s claim of being first with Alexa-backed AR smart glasses and said it is “excited about the potential of the glasses and the ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way.” This strategy to incorporate its digital voice assitant to make other products smart will generate revenue for the e-commerce company.
Expected to release by the second quarter of 2018 at a cost of about $1,000(only), Travers said. While it’s a “high price point,” he said, “the ultimate goal is to have it under $500 and we’ll be able to do that” by 2019.
We can expect more products coming integrated with Amazon’s Alexa, recently the AI got the ability to talk to microwaves and electric vehicles with list probably expected to grow even more. Amazon Inc also released a mobile accessory kit which will make it easier for developers to give their Bluetooth headphones and wearables the power to use the voice-controlled service.