This latest move by Amazon seems more like an attempt to challenge Cortana, rather than work with it, unless it proves to be the first chapter in showing how Alexa and Cortana will be mutual supportive. The device is created to present wearers with pertinent information directly in their field of view. At CES in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Toyota announced the voice technology would be incorporated with the carmaker's infotainment systems. Needless to say that Alexa will instantly eclipse native assistant Cortana with its humungous count of skills.
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That's a product developed right here in Rochester, by a company called Vuzix, which makes virtual reality and augmented reality glasses.
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Three giant computer manufacturers, including Acer, Asus, and HP, have partnered with Amazon in its push to spread its popular voice assistant to more third-party devices. So for those who do not have an account yet but are already planning to purchase the smart glasses, there is still time. The $1,000 AR glasses will be released later this year aimed at enterprise users and early adopters. Sound pricey? It is, but interestingly, Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers has said they're looking to get the price down to $500 United States dollars by 2019. Everyone's attention was previously focused on Apple and its rumored AR smart glasses.
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Looking ahead John Scumniotales, head of products for Alexa's automobile wing, is confident that the technology can be put to far more ambitious use: "It's still really day one for us in terms of what we can do with Alexa in the vehicle". However, Google Glass failed due to its expensive price and very complicated distribution structure. We don't know if Amazon will ever launch its own pair of Alexa-enabled smart glasses, but this is a good start anyway.