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Amazon allegedly working on Alexa-enabled smart glasses

Amazon Alexa logo (Source: Amazon)
Amazon Alexa logo (Source: Amazon)
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Amazon's Lab126 group is working on a pair of glasses with Alexa support via a bone-conduction audio system. However, this accessory is expected to come without a camera or a screen similar to those used by products like the Google Glass smart glasses.
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Smart glasses never managed to take off properly, but it seems that Amazon still wants to bet on this category of products. Well, at least that's what the latest rumors about the projects of the company's (not-so-secret) Lab126 group reveal.

According to a report that was recently published by the Financial Times, Amazon is working on an accessory that looks like a regular pair of glasses, but it can tether to a smartphone and allow the user to interact with Alexa. Unfortunately, the insiders who chose to talk about this topic could not unveil many details. 

For example, it is not known if the users of this accessory will be able to talk to Alexa at all, but they should hear the virtual assistant (and various non-Alexa audio notifications, most likely) thanks to a bone-conduction audio system. Even more, the upcoming Amazon Alexa-enabled glasses are said to lack more advanced features, such as a camera or a display similar to those provided by the well-known Google Glass.

Amazon's Lab126 group is currently working on various home security devices as well, including a connected security camera that could be controlled by Alexa-enabled products like the yet unnamed smart glasses described earlier. This means to both products could launch side-by-side and should join Amazon's comprehensive ecosystem of hardware products and services.

For now, Amazon only told Engadget that they have no information to share about the Alexa-powered glasses, so it might take a while for this product to reach the market. If it ever surfaces as an actual product for the masses, of course.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-09-21 (Update: 2017-09-21)