Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) engineers are creating a pair of "smart glasses" to let users access the company's Alexa virtual assistant from anywhere and at any time, the Financial Times reported.
The glasses will be Amazon's first wearable device and are expected to connect to a smartphone. They'll reportedly look just like normal spectacles, but with a bone-conduction audio system that allows wearers to hear what Alexa is saying without putting in earphones.
As the "smart glasses" take shape, Amazon is also expanding its "smart home" device lineup that runs on Echo technology to access Alexa. A home security camera system that runs Alexa and ties in with Amazon's other Echo products, including the recently released Echo Show, is said to be in development.
One or both of the new products are expected to be unveiled this year in conjunction with updates to Amazon's Echo devices. Amazon has sold tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices since the technology was released in 2014.
Amazon's move into smart glasses comes after industry peers experienced mixed results in the same arena. Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL) Google Glass project was scrapped before it launched in 2012 on concerns of privacy, performance and price. Snap Inc. (SNAP) Spectacles, which can shoot Snapchat videos, are still available but remain in their early stages.
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