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Amazon’s Alexa could be on your face next

by Justin Herrick | September 20, 2017September 20, 2017 10:00 am EST

Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, has slowly been making its way to new devices since launching in 2014. Smart speakers, set-top boxes, and phones ship with the technology now. What started out as the voice of the Echo currently stands as a serious competitor to Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri. Amazon isn’t anywhere close to being finished expanding its reach and capabilities, though. There’s always more to do with artificial intelligence, and a new report suggests the company wants to put Alexa on your face next.

Alexa is being tested on a wearable, according to the Financial Times. A pair of smart glasses, which won’t be too similar to Google Glass, with the digital assistant built-in are in development at Amazon.

The smart glasses will pair with your phone and allow interaction through Alexa, but a display or camera isn’t going to be included. Amazon wants users to rely solely on its digital assistant for everything. That’s how Amazon will differ its device from Google’s enterprise project. Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart glasses should also be able to achieve impressive battery life due to the absence of a display and camera.

Babak Parviz, who worked on Google Glass, joined Amazon in 2014 to start working with the company’s research and development team. The latest report is the first time we’ve heard about Lab126 developing a pair of smart glasses. It’s also stated that the Sunnyvale-based division is working on a number of Nest-like products for the home.

Among the more ambitious features for the unannounced device is the utilization of bone-conduction technology for audio. There’s a chance you won’t have to have earbuds in to hear what Alexa is saying back to you while wearing the smart glasses. Bond-conduction technology could allow the device to speak at a level only you can hear.

Amazon issued a brief statement in which the company says it has nothing to share about the development of smart glasses.

Financial Times Engadget

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