Vuzix targets mass market with new Blade AR glasses

Vuzix Blade AR glasses come with Alexa

Vuzix Blade AR glasses come with Alexa

From there we'll send you to a page with smart devices, appliances and gadgets that work with an Alexa-enabled smart speaker, or one with Google Assistant baked inside.

Vuzix will release these AR glasses in the second quarter of this year for about $1000.

The glasses are created to present info from the paired device in the wearer's field of vision, such as mapping directions, restaurant menus or weather information, as well as capture video and pictures and answer phone calls and texts right from the glasses. Alexa will let you control plenty of smart home devices with your voice.

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.

To start, just select the voice assistant you use below - either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

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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. In an interview with the outlet, Vuzix CEO Paul Travers said you can issue voice commands to Alexa and have information displayed on your field of view, so long as you have an Amazon account.

"With the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, [original equipment manufacturer] development teams no longer need to perform the bulk of the coding for their Alexa integration", Amazon's Gagan Luthra explained in the announcement. Other interested developers can sign up here before the kit is made broadly available by summer 2018. However, Amazon said several headphone makers including Bose, Beyerdynamic and Bowers & Wilkins are already developing products with it.

Vuzix has been a regular at CES for years, crafting head-mounted displays and smartglasses often aimed at businesses - or very enthused wearable fans.

Google was an early player in AR glasses, launching the Google Glass prototype before pulling back and focusing on adding AR features to its Pixel smartphone and releasing an enterprise-oriented headset.

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