Amazon brings Alexa digital assistant along for the ride with Toyota


Ford announced plans to begin testing Alexa in cars at CES a year ago, and BMW previously announced plans to begin adding Alexa support to its model lineup last September. Using Alexa on your Vuzix Blade AR Smart Sunglasses is simple and hands-free - just ask, and Alexa will respond instantly. It is also expected to have a wide range of capabilities, including displaying weather information to the field of view of the user.

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An Amazon spokeswoman has said that they are "excited about the potential of the glasses and the ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way". Although the concept sounds like the future of driving technology, cars will not be able to use voice assistants for an entirely autonomous driving experience. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2018 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. The Vuzix Blade could be the first AR smart glasses that will catch on and not go down the path of Google Glass. So for those who do not have an account yet but are already planning to purchase the smart glasses, there is still time. The AR glasses will reportedly arrive in the second quarter with a cost around $1,000 (approximately Rs. 63,400). By putting Alexa on as many third party devices as possible, it helps Amazon increase revenue since the personal assistant can arrange for purchases to be made from Amazon.

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Interestingly, the announcement came from Panasonic, the first company off the blocks to partner with Amazon and it said the feature can function even if there is no internet connectivity. Google tried to commercialize this technology way back in 2012. Vuzik's Travers expects Amazon to eventually offer its own version of Alexa-enabled AR glasses.

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