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Amazon Is Developing Its First Wearable: Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses

21 September, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Amazon Unveils New Fire HD 10 Tablet with 1080p Display and Alexa Support

"Now, you can ask Alexa to play a video, show you your calendar, dim the lights, and much more-using just your voice", said Kevin Keith, General Manager, Amazon Devices. If that's the case, Amazon could hit a price point similar to its Echo devices. It will be like having a personal Alexa device at the user's disposal which can activate functions such as controlling other devices.

The Financial Times report said that Parviz has been working on Amazon's smart glasses, and through analysis of LinkedIn profiles, the publication also pointed to several other former Google Glass project members who have moved to Amazon. Apart from adding Alexa, Amazon have also provided a larger battery and faster processor to be more appealing to consumers' demands.

- More storage-The most storage available on a Fire tablet with options for 32GB or 64GB, and support for up to 256GB of expandable storage via microSD.

Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire tablets. In place of the original tap-to-talk activation that has been available across all Fire tablet family, the new Fire HD 10 can activate Alexa by the wake word "Alexa". It might also enable support for Bluetooth-based calling and music services, though it's worth keeping in mind that the audio quality provided by the first bone-conduction headsets isn't that great, and that listening to music while fully hearing everything around you is a mixed blessing.

Amazon has never been the type to fix what is not broken, so the 2017 Fire HD 10 tablet looks just about the same as the previous version. Front and rear facing cameras are integrated as well, along with dual stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos audio tech.

Their device is unlikely to replicate the heads up display of the Google Glass and its onboard camera, however.

- Massive content selection-Access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games.

Earlier this year, Alphabet re-introduced its own wearable glass headset, Google Glass, after discontinuing its production last year.

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