Amazon Alexa headed to PCs this year, challenges Cortana

Vuzix Making Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses, to Debut at CES 2018

Amazon is working to bring its Alexa digital assistant out of the home and into the wild by way of a partnership with Toyota that will see the smart home gadget incorporated under the bonnet of future vehicles. The Vuzix Blade could be the first AR smart glasses that will catch on and not go down the path of Google Glass.

Travers said his company hopes to ship the AR glasses sometime during the second quarter of 2018 for around $1,000.

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

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The service will also enable new features in the cars themselves, such the ability to start the engine remotely or lock the auto doors, by giving a command through another Alexa device in the home or elsewhere.

Amazon are of course eager to have Alexa integrated with as many smart devices as possible, so smart glasses and head-mounted displays (HMDs) are the next logical step. Prices should come down as the enterprise adopts the glasses in a big way. The device could take the driver's orders to let him/her show the directions or to play a particular music. Vuzix holds 59 patents and 42 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field.

Windows-computers with support for Amazon Alexa will appear in the current year. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2018 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.



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