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Vuzix Blade AR Smartglasses Unveiled at CES 2018

According to a variety of reports coming out of CES 2018, Vuzix is adding Alexa into its Blade smart glasses which have been officially revealed at the gadget show and are apparently due to hit the market in the second quarter of this year for a cool $1,000.

With the AR glasses, users can potentially keep in touch with Alexa all the time.

As yet more evidence that it has become the proving grounds for new technology, the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show saw the introduction of the first augmented reality glasses equipped with Amazon's Alexa smart assistant.

We'll see Vuzix's AR glasses with Alexa support before the summer of 2018, at a price point around $1,000 United States dollars. Executives from Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant are to be seeking new partners and other big technology companies, including Apple Inc and Facebook Inc's Oculus division, will be at the show behind-the-scenes as they ramp up their virtual reality and AR products. "Bluetooth audio-capable devices built with this new kit can connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa App (for Android and iOS) on the customer's mobile device". In October previous year, Sonos Inc unveiled a smart speaker with Alexa's system for controlling music playback.

The Vuzix Blade specs look a little like chunky retro-future sunglasses, the kind of things you'd expect the fashionistas of London's borough of Chelsea to attempt to pull off while snaffling Bellini cocktails as an oligarch's swanky digs. The content can be managed with swipes and taps or voice controls.

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Enjoy The GearBrain and let us know if you don't see a product listed - but are searching for a solution that works specifically with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

Yes, of course an Echo Dot is still way, way cheaper, but Vuzix's Blade demonstrates that Amazon Alexa has the potential to turn into something far more than a tech curio that gathers dust somewhere in your living room. However, Amazon said several headphone makers including Bose, Beyerdynamic and Bowers & Wilkins are already developing products with it.

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

It's worth noting that Amazon and Apple aren't the first ones to bring AR glasses to the market.

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