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Vuzix Blade AR Smartglasses Unveiled at CES 2018

Vuzix CEO Paul Travers mentioned in a Bloomberg interview that while the initial cost of bringing the AR glasses is is at $1,000, the "ultimate goal" of the company is to make them available for an under $500 price. 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.

The first augmented-reality (AR) glasses with Amazon.com Inc's Alexa voice assistant is to be shown next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas - manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant's growing devices division.

Travers said his company hopes to ship the AR glasses sometime during the second quarter of 2018 for around $1,000. In October, Sonos unveiled a smart speaker with Alexa's system for controlling music playback. So for those who do not have an account yet but are already planning to purchase the smart glasses, there is still time. It's for device makers and manufacturers to bring Alexa to a gaggle of on-the-go products, including so-called hearables, headphones, smart watches, fitness devices, and the like.

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.

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Voice assistants are key on smaller devices, such as glasses, where swiping is impractical.

"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.

Vuzix is no stranger to smartglasses. The idea behind the specs, which resemble sunglasses, is that you'll pair them with a smartphone you can leave in your pocket and purse. 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.

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