Toyota has announced that select Toyota and Lexus vehicles will get Amazon Alexa connectivity this year. The device is created to present wearers with pertinent information directly in their field of view. There's a lot of third-party devices out there that are putting Alexa on your dashboard as an aftermarket add-on, but Toyota is one of the first automakers to fully embrace loading their vehicles up with Amazon's voice-powered smart assistant. The company is going to show off its new augmented reality glasses with the Alexa voice assistant at CES 2018 in Las Vegas next week.
An Amazon spokesman has said that they are; "excited about the potential of the glasses and the ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way".
According to Phone Arena, Vuzix's smart glasses will basically allow users to ask questions to Alexa and have the latter display answers and important information in the users' field of view. We'll know more about the company's new range of laptops in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates.
Adding Alexa's machine learning smart capabilities into the mix makes a lot of sense and could really turn the Blade specs into a device that is useful for both work and play, providing you can stomach wearing the nerd goggles out in public; that didn't work out so well for Google Glass.
We're interested to see how the two voice assistants will partner up later this year. The AR glasses will reportedly arrive in the second quarter with a cost around $1,000 (approximately Rs. 63,400). It will start of expensive, but the company is hoping to have the price under $500 by 2019. However, the Cupertino giant is not expected to release its high-tech spectacles until 2020.
Although Alexa users already have access to the voice assistant on PCs via an Amazon-sanctioned website, the partnership with PC manufacturers will make the usage of Alexa an experience that is much more integrated into using the PC. Apple's AR smartglasses are supposed to come to market in 2020.
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