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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Amazon Echo Tries Smart Glasses

A number of companies have tried the wearable assistant idea, announced originally in December, now Amazon will try the idea in earnest.  Will the idea work this time.  What key aspects are important?  In some tests we did with Google version, there was concern about how people using the glasses were perceived.  Were they continually taking pictures?    Is the idea for continuous use, which Amazon appears to imagine, or just for specialized assistant tasks?  We tried in plant maintenance tasks.   What would the key skills for glasses look like? 

Amazon Echo Frames arrive in blue light and sunglasses forms for summertime  in DigitalTrends  By Patrick Hearn  May 18, 2021 

The Amazon Echo Frames originally launched in December but came with a somewhat limited series of options. Today, Amazon announced two new models of the Echo Frames: A set of polarized sunglasses and a set of blue-light filtering glasses. The new options come after a lot of customer feedback asking for different options and styles.

The sunglasses themselves are available in two different versions, too. One is a classic set of sunglasses, while the other is a set of blue mirror sunglasses. Both versions are IPX4-rated, which means they are perfect for wearing while working out or walking outside. While they shouldn’t be worn while swimming, they can withstand a few splashes of sweat or rain.

On the other hand, the Echo Frames with a blue-light filter are perfect for people that spend a lot of time at their computers. Blue light can interfere with your circadian rhythm and interrupt your sleep cycle, so the blue light filter makes it possible to play video games or browse the web in the evenings without worrying about disturbing your rest.

The polarized blue mirror sunglasses will start shipping on May 18, while the Echo Frames with blue-light filtering lenses and the polarized classic sunglasses begin shipping on June 9. Both options are available in the classic black frames for $270.

The Echo Frames are more than just glasses. They provide access to Alexa with a touch of a button, as well as give you easy access to music, podcasts, and more without the use of headphones. You can control your music and playlists by saying “Alexa, pause,” or “Alexa, next.”  ...  "

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