Amazon is working on a pair of smart glasses with Alexa capabilities, according to a report by the Financial Times. The retailer is said to also be working on a home security camera that works with the Echo Show’s ability to view live camera feeds, which is a feature that will also be coming to the Fire TV and newly revealed Fire HD 10.
The smart glasses are said to allow their wearer to summon Alexa and hear the virtual assistant’s responses. Alexa’s responses would be piped through a bone-conduction audio system that allows the wearer to hear Alexa without having to use headphones.
Without headphones or a screen, like Google Glass has, the Alexa-powered smart glasses are said to look like regular glasses. Like Google’s wearable, Amazon’s glasses will require being tethered to a phone for data connectivity.
Amazon is also planning to release a home security camera, the report continues. The camera will allow customers to view its live feed through the Echo Show, like it can already do with 3rd-party cameras. One use case the article mentions is “letting Amazon customers see when their orders from the site have been delivered to their doorstep.”
A specific release date is not given, but the source says “one or both of these products could be launched before the end of the year.” While I’m not fully convinced the Alexa glasses would come to market, I do see a security camera as an almost guaranteed next move for Amazon.
The retailer already has numerous products with cameras capable of streaming live video across a network. With their three flagship devices, the Echo Show, the Fire TV, and the new Fire HD 10 tablet, all poised to stream security camera video by the end of the year, it makes sense that Amazon would offer their own product to serve that purpose.