Multinational Technology firm Vuzix has announced its first pair of augmented reality smart glasses that have Alexa integration. The users would be able to use voice commands in order to superimpose info in the field of view. The manufacturer looks forward to launching the glasses somewhere around the second quarter of 2018.
Argumented reality and voice assistants are supposed to be one of the most highlighted tech fields in this year. Thereby, Vuzix’s launch of AR smart glasses is a very good move indeed.
Vuzix, in a conversation with Bloomberg, confirmed the announced of its pair of AR glasses to be in integration with Amazon’s Alexa. In another interview with the outlet, the CEO, Paul Travers revealed that users would be able to use voice commands in order to have the information displayed on their field of view.
Amazon also confirmed the claims made by Vuzix and came out with a statement saying “excited about the potential of the glasses and the ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way.”
The CEO also said that his company is planning to roll out AR glasses sometime around the second quarter of this year at a price of $1k. He also acknowledged that the pricing is high and is a significant amount of cash for trying out smart glasses. He also told that he is aiming to bring down the price from $500 by 2019.
If you look at the big picture, it is quite amazing for Alexa to engage with glasses. After all, Amazon has made it engage with microwaves, a bunch of wearable devices, and electric cars. Thereby it is clear that Amazon is trying to get Alexa connected to as many devices as possible.
But at the same time, we have to look at the other side. Whether AR glasses be able to achieve as much success as VR. Giants like Google and Apple have also worked on embracing AR with ARcore and ARkit. At the same time, there have been some rumors around Apple, that the manufacturer is going to roll out its own AR glasses by 2019. Travers also said that sooner or later, every big player is going to get engaged in AR glasses.
Despite Google glass being a failure, the company has launched a headset oriented for enterprise users only. Thereby the question is, whether or not AR glasses will be able to make a space for themselves in the market.