First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Be Shown at CES

Mindy Sparks
January 13, 2018

Of course, people won't be talking about the condition of relations between Alexa and Cortana almost as much as they will be talking about voice-activated toilets.

Toyota has announced that select Toyota and Lexus vehicles will get Amazon Alexa connectivity this year. This latest move by Amazon seems more like an attempt to challenge Cortana, rather than work with it, unless it proves to be the first chapter in showing how Alexa and Cortana will be mutual supportive.

STUFFING AMAZON'S ALEXA into a pair of glasses it a bit of a jump form popping the virtual assistant into a speaker, but that's what smart glasses maker Vuzix has done. "It's still really day one for us in terms of what we can do with Alexa in the vehicle", said John Scumniotales, head of products for Alexa's automotive efforts, onstage at a CES event. Three separate reports in 2017 placed Amazon's USA market share of smart speakers between 70% and 76%. That honor will go to a company called Vuzix.


A wearer can ask Alexa for information and have it displayed on the glasses using the augmented reality technology. Now, the news is already official and sources are saying that Amazon Alexa is now going to make it's debuted on Windows 10 PCs and will sit alongside Microsoft's preloaded Cortana assistant. We'll know more about the company's new range of laptops in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates. The CEO acknowledges that is a significant amount of money to drop on smart glasses and says the goal is to bring the price down to $500 by 2019. This is where the business uses shine too: with an AR app, a fictional engineer look at a broken circuit board, get the glasses to identify what's wrong, and order the parts immediately through Amazon.

In the future, however, Dobbs thinks Amazon's first-to-market advantage will fade and the gap between the Echo and Google Home will close.

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