Amazon's digital assistant known as "Alexa" has already found its way into many devices – for example the company's own Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers, but also extending to refrigerators, smart TVs and smartphones from other manufacturers. In addition, Amazon has introduced its Alexa-compatible Echo Show – a device with touch screen and video telephony features. Now Amazon is reported to be developing smart Alexa glasses, according to a report in the Financial Times (FT) (Paywall).
The wearable tech device is supposed to look like a normal pair of glasses, but without requiring any conventional headphones due to its use of bone conductivity. According to FT, the smart glasses will come without an integrated display or camera, despite the fact that Google Glass creator Babak Parviz is said to be in charge of the project following his move to Amazon in 2014.
The report alleges that Amazon will also be working on a surveillance camera for the smart home, which is set to complement its array of Echo devices. The camera might resemble the Echo look shown in April – a camera with its own style advisor. In the above-mentioned Echo Show, you can see photos from other surveillance cameras. Amazon might naturally also use this feature for its own security cam, which could also be in the planning.
One or both devices might be brought to market by the end of the year, according to FT sources. The products might be launched simultaneously with other anticipated new, updated Echo products. The original Echo speaker from 2014 has not been truly renewed since its launch.
Since the end of August, the device has disappeared from the virtual shelves at amazon.com – at least in the U.S. – which has fueled speculation about a possible successor.