Amazon’s Alexa will soon find another home in smart glasses that allow users to call up and engage the digital assistant. According to a Financial Times report that cited anonymous sources, the new glasses will look normal in every way except that they will connect wirelessly to a smartphone.
The stand-out feature on the device is sound delivery. The smart glasses, which may be launched before the end of the year, will not require headphones or ear-buds but will deliver audio using bone induction (the conduction of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull).
Alexa, which has been centered around Amazon’s Echo speakers will now find another home in the new smart glasses.
It is notable that Babak Parviz, affiliate professor at the University of Washington is a vice president at Amazon. He is also the founder of Google Glass. The failure of Google Glass to capture the smart glass market may have provided critical lessons for the former Googler in the development of Amazon’s smart glasses.
Amazon’s interest in smart glasses is not new having filed a patent some years back for what it called an “augmented reality glasses system.” In the report, it is observed that success in the smart glasses will position Amazon strategically to share a piece of the budding ‘augmented reality’ goggles segment. Further, the online retail giant is said to be designing a home security camera system that will utilize the Echo range.