Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week


Next week, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a company named Vuzix will introduce a new pair of AR smartglasses that will feature Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Throughout last year, Alexa was added to non-Amazon devices including the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9 and a Moto Mod for the Motorola Moto Z series. Just the other day, Amazon said that it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will help developers add the personal assistant to fitness trackers, smartwatches and other devices.

Mining the same vein is Vuzik. The company’s smartglasses …


Amazon said to be working on its first wearable device, Alexa powered smartglasses

We’ve often called 2017 the year of Alexa, as Amazon’s virtual personal assistant has riden the sharp growth in smart speakers this year to become a major player in tech. Originally found on the Amazon Echo, Alexa is now offered on smartphones like the HTC U11 and the U.S. version of the Huawei Mate 9. With the number of its “skills” on the rise, Alexa is trying to overtake Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana.

According to the Financial Times, who was tipped by someone in the know, Amazon is working on its first wearable device. This would be an Alexa powered pair of smartglasses that would …

Analyst sees Apple's AR smartglasses becoming bigger than Apple Watch, just as big as the iPad


Earlier this year, we passed along some comments from former analyst Gene Munster, who claimed that Apple iPhone sales will peak in 2019  with Apple’s smartglasses launching the following year. At that point, Munster sees the iPhone getting replaced by the AR powered glasses as the biggest selling product in Apple’s lineup. Another analyst, Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi, wrote a note to clients stating that as much as Tim Cook loves AR, it won’t impact Apple’s bottom line until the company produces a pair of smartglasses.

Like Munster before him, Sacconaghi expects Apple Glasses (as …

Patent application shows Facebook working on its own pair of AR smartglasses

A patent application filed by the Oculus division of Facebook reveals that the latter is working on AR powered smartglasses. The patent application is titled “waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner” and puts “computer generated elements” over a real world background. The display could be inside a frame used for eye-wear in a way that “presents media to a user’s eyes.” Sounds like the definition of AR-powered smartglasses to us.

The patented display uses waveguide technology, allowing a wave of light to be guided through the lens. The display will be able to show video and images …

BlackBerry's UEM now provides secure monitoring of smartglasses for the enterprise

The smartglasses category appears to be an enterprise-only affair for now. While analysts like Gene Munster and others call for the product to eventually be bigger than the iPhone, the failed attempt by Google to get its Google Glass into the consumer space was a sign that people are just not ready for such a device. However, in the business world, smartglasses free up workers’ hands while they receive information directly to their eyes. This increases corporate productivity.

Just the other day, BlackBerry and Vuzix announced a partnership that allows the Vuzix M300 smartglasses …

Apple's smartglasses may come with 3D cameras, but with no dedicated displays

Back at the end of June, we told you how former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster said that the Apple iPhone will eventually be supplanted in popularity by the company’s rumored pair of AR smartglasses. Munster says that iPhone sales will peak in 2019 with the launch of Apple’s smartglasses beginning the following year. It is hard to believe that a pair of glasses with Augmented Display will become more popular than one of the most beloved smartphone brands in the world. 

Smartglasses are going to be a whole new ballgame, although at first blush the product will drive iPhone sales since …

HoloLens founder and Windows Insider chief say smartglasses will replace smartphones

Back in June, former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster said that the AR powered  Apple Glasses, expected to be launched in 2020, will be bigger than the Apple iPhone. And that analysis is similar to forecasts made by HoloLens creator Alex Kipman, and Windows Insider Chief Dona Sarkar. Both agree with Munster that AR smartglasses could soon surpass smartphones as our main go-to technology.

Kipman, who created HoloLens, says that the smartphone is already dead and that people just don’t know it yet. The HoloLens uses a combination of real and virtual worlds to form Mixed Reality. The real …