The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show kicks off tomorrow but we are already seeing some pretty cool gadgets. This year is said to be the year of voice assistants like Alexa and the Google Home.
Amazon's Echo had a record-breaking Christmas and was one of the hottest selling items. But we are now seeing how third-party manufacturers are using the tech.
Companies are trying to get Alexa in to pretty much everything.
First Alexa-enabled Glasses
Yep, smart glasses with Amazon's Alexa. They are the first glasses ever to get the digital assistant and are debuting at CES this week.
Surprisingly, they are not made by Amazon but by a small company called Vuzix. The augmented reality glasses superimposes information like maps, weather, text messages, or photos right on the lens of the glasses.
So you get to interact with your smartphone through your vision of the real world, think of it as a heads-up display.
Alexa allows for hands-free use
So imagine yourself walking down the street wearing your cool new shades and you need directions to a new restaurant. Simply say "Alexa, take me to said restaurant."
The directions will pop up right on the lens of the glasses, guiding you to your destination. Or maybe you want the latest weather report. Just ask Alexa and boom, up pops the weather.
To use Alexa on the device, you will need to be an Amazon customer. The price is a bit steep at $1,000, but the goal is to be around $500 by next year. Look for them to go on sale this April.
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