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Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant, and a home security camera that could be linked to its existing Echo connected devices to further expand their capabilities, according to a report in the FT citing people familiar with the company's plans.

The newspaper says one or both of these products could be launched before the end of the year, alongside updates to existing Echo devices.

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment, saying company policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation.

According to the FT, the smart glasses are intended to be purely an earbuds-free housing for Amazon's Alexa AI — with a bone-conduction audio system that would enable the wearer to hear Alexa without the need to be wired in.

With no mobile platform of its own to build on, Amazon has a strategic disadvantage vs Google and Apple because it cannot bake its voice AI into smartphone hardware where millions of engaged users could easily summon it — hence the company working on a plethora of alternative connected devices to try to put Alexa within earshot anyway.

The idea for the glasses, which would be its first wearable, would be to do just that: Enable Alexa to be summoned from anywhere, vs the current situation where users are barking commands at static in-home speakers.

The FT reports the glasses would wirelessly tether to a user's smartphone for connectivity. They are also apparently being designed to look like a regular pair of spectacles, so they could be worn comfortably and unobtrusively.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/20/amazon-is-working-on-smart-glasses-to-house-alexa-ai-says-ft/

Also at Reuters and USA Today.


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  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 20, @05:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 20, @05:18PM (#570719)

    We be Dick Nіggers. You know it.

    Right yeah we never fuck no old pussy.

    Sure do fuck a lotta young pussy.

    Dick Nіggers gonna fuck ya rough, girl, best take off them glasses first.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by nobu_the_bard on Wednesday September 20, @05:23PM (8 children)

    by nobu_the_bard (6373) on Wednesday September 20, @05:23PM (#570724)

    I'd rather they just break into the eyeglasses market and put a dent in Luxottica's stranglehold. That's one market that'd really benefit from their disrupting it, and they'd make some sick crazy money.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by frojack on Wednesday September 20, @06:01PM (5 children)

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 20, @06:01PM (#570746) Journal

      Amazing that I've worn eyeglasses since the 5th grade and never heard of this Luxottica which you love to loath.

      Everybody from America's Best to Walmart is in the eyeglasses market.

      Now it seems everyone wants to put a camera and a microphone in my home 24/7.
      And its amazing how many millennial-tards are just fine with that.

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      • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 20, @06:16PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 20, @06:16PM (#570752)

        Me either
        They own everyone's mall favorite LensCrafters

        http://www.luxottica.com/en/retail-brands [luxottica.com]

        • (Score: 4, Informative) by nobu_the_bard on Wednesday September 20, @06:35PM

          by nobu_the_bard (6373) on Wednesday September 20, @06:35PM (#570767)

          They also own the majority of eyeglass brands sold in stores in the US, whether or not they own the actual chain. They don't like to advertise they're nearly a monopoly.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21, @12:49AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21, @12:49AM (#570930)

          Numerous designer brands are also them: http://www.luxottica.com/en/eyewear-brands [luxottica.com]

      • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21, @01:14AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21, @01:14AM (#570938)

        There is a huge proportion of the tail end Gen-X as well as the boomer generation buying into all that shit.

        Hell, my parents get a kick out of swinging their cell phones at me because 'you're just a privacy kook, and the government won't ever spy on you through everybody's cell phones.' It's no longer a slippery slope towards big brother: IT's a straight up fucking slip'n'slide. Better hope you stop before those cactus' just past the end of the slide :)

      • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Thursday September 21, @01:17AM

        by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Thursday September 21, @01:17AM (#570939) Homepage
        > Amazing that I've worn eyeglasses since the 5th grade and never heard of this Luxottica which you love to loath.

        You've never encountered Ray-Ban? Or Oakley?

        Did you thing Ray-Ban glasses were made by Ray-Ban Corp?
        Do you think Froot-Loops are made by Fruit-loops Corp?

        I dare you to name one trendy brand of eyewear which isn't Luxottica or De Rigo (who you will probably be more likely to recognise if I call them "Derp Police Derp Corp".

        > And its amazing how many millennial-tards are just fine with that.

        All well and good being patronising about the youngsters, but you seem to be the one who's naive about big businesses and brands big enough to use monopolistic business practices in order to become even larger.
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    • (Score: 2) by edIII on Wednesday September 20, @07:17PM (1 child)

      by edIII (791) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday September 20, @07:17PM (#570804)

      It's a fucking gig, like hearing aids still need to cost 5k per pair, except much, much, much, much worse. There is no way on God's green Earth, that a pair of glasses can cost over $100. Add another $100 for detachable UV-polarized-whatever shades with it. How do FRAMES all of the sudden start costing thousands of percent markup? It's as if the fashion industry took over it completely, and everybody has to wear what a fucking Kardashian is pimpin' that season. Except without the same amount of money to buy it.

      Amazon isn't going to disrupt that market anytime soon I think, because it already is a disrupted market. You can choose to dick with insurance paying you back some money, and still getting stuck with the lion's share of the bill for hundreds in charges, or you can order online from Hong Kong.

      I picked up over $800 worth of glasses, shade attachments, and cleaning materials for ~$78 including shipping by uploading my prescription and buying from a business in Hong Kong. Ridiculously shameful the level of engineered inefficiency in some markets.

      • (Score: 2) by sbgen on Wednesday September 20, @08:48PM

        by sbgen (1302) on Wednesday September 20, @08:48PM (#570842)

        Which business is that, any links?

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday September 20, @06:02PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Wednesday September 20, @06:02PM (#570747) Journal

    Alexa is a real girl and I'm in love with her.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 20, @06:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 20, @06:10PM (#570750)

      Alex is happy when she's helping you.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by wonkey_monkey on Wednesday September 20, @06:35PM (1 child)

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Wednesday September 20, @06:35PM (#570768) Homepage

    Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant,

    No, it's working on a pair of glasses to house a microphone and a speaker and some wireless connectivity.

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    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Thursday September 21, @04:55AM

      by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 21, @04:55AM (#570986) Journal

      Indeed. Alexa is still housed on some of Amazon's servers.

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  • (Score: 1) by nnet on Wednesday September 20, @10:51PM (2 children)

    by nnet (5716) on Wednesday September 20, @10:51PM (#570885)

    alexa, attack my face and rip out my eyeballs.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by driven on Thursday September 21, @05:19AM

    by driven (6295) on Thursday September 21, @05:19AM (#570996)

    Just what we all need: a fucking Internet connected spy to follow us around all day on our faces. Fuck that bullshit in the strongest possible way.
    The sad thing is that only some people need to buy them in order to effectively spy on everyone else (including themselves).
    I hope there are serious privacy restrictions put in place on these large companies sooner than later. It's just getting out of hand. Abusive, really.

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