Vuzix Shows Off Its Blade AR Glasses With Amazon Alexa Voice Control


Bring back the smart glasses, a company in which even Google seems to have succeeded, with Google Glass now far from all the technological spotlights. Tech company Vuzix, based in Rochester, New York, showcased its latest version of the augmented reality (AR) glasses at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. Vuzix Blade is smart glasses with Alexa on board; they are not cheap at all, with a list price of $1162.41 (950 pounds) ready for the first shipments by the end of the year.

Vuzix Blade AR Glasses weigh is 85 grams and reports from visitors who have tried them out suggest they are less awkward to wear than previous smart glasses, like Google Glass. Unlike previous attempts, the glass’ batteries, projectors, and cameras are self-contained in their frames.

Inside there is a Wi-Fi module for connection to the network, so you can read mail or send messages, via simple voice request, using Amazon’s assistant Alexa. The Vuzix glasses integrate a camera and can synchronize with the user’s smartphone so that they can take and share images; in more detail, using the Bluetooth connection and Wi-Fi present in the glasses, you can control the wearable device, using the Vuzix +4 app.

Vuzix Blade to through voice commands, users can control, directly from the glasses, the weather forecast, without the need to use the smartphone, or send and share photos directly. Smart glasses will also work online, as a standalone device, but it will not be possible to perform all those operations that require a network connection. As anticipated, they are not cheap glasses and the preorder price of around $1321.48 (1080 euros).

In addition to having integrated Alexa, users can control the glasses with the touchpad positioned on the right side of the frame. A tap with two fingers will take the user to the home screen, while a slide with just one finger will allow you to advance through the different settings; a single-tap will act as a selection key. The glasses can take pictures up to 8MP resolution and record Full HD 1080p video.

Google glass, first announced in 2013, struggled to establish a foothold in the emerging field and the sector has seen slow growth in the last 5 years.The Vuzix Blade glasses work thanks to a Quad Core ARM processor and an Android operating system. They offer a Micro USB port and also have a sensor that tracks the movement of the head. To get the glasses, you currently need a deposit of $330.37 (270 euros) while the additional balance of $954.40 (780 euros) will have to be paid at the time of shipment.

According to a written statement by Vuzix president Paul Travers, Vuzix will continue to take the award-winning wearable computing solution to the next level. Vuzix Blade AR smart sunglasses will be the first smart glasses equipped with Alexa voice assistant. This is the beginning of the phone into the pocket.

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