11:42 26 September 2017
Amazon is set to add Alexa-powered smartglasses to its range of voice-controlled devices, reports have claimed. Unlike Snapchat’s Spectacles and Google Glasses, the Amazon glasses do not come with a camera but will instead focus on linking to Amazon’s voice assistant.
According to a report released by the Financial Times, the new addition to Amazon’s range of products could be launched together with a home security camera designed to tie in with its Echo Show video screen.
Other reports have also suggested that the company might also release a new version of the Fire TV, its streaming media set-top box with an Echo-style speaker system built-in.
The Amazon Echo now has a 76% share of the smart speaker market in the US according to research firm CRIP, with up to 15million units in consumers’ homes.
“Owners listen to music most on both Echo and Home, at least once a day or more often,” said Mike Levin, CIRPs co-founder. “They also use them frequently for information, like asking about the weather or sports scores, as well as setting timers and alarms.
“Owners also use them to control home automation accessories, like lights and outlets, thermostats, security systems, and even appliances, less frequently. Also, Google Home owners report using their devices daily or more often slightly more than Amazon Echo owners, across all these varied applications and uses.”
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