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The Vuzix Blade smart glasses are now available directly from Amazon—and boast certified Alexa integration.

The smart glasses were previously only available directly from New York State-based Vuzix Corporation, which also specialises in augmented reality (AR) technologies.

Vuzix Blade has also secured Alexa ‘built-in’ certification, bolstering an already-impressive software suite that includes DJI drone support.

This means the smart glasses feature full on-device integration of Alexa, so they can accept voice commands directly, without the need for a separate personal assistant device.

With Alexa integration, users can book an Uber, set timers, create lists, hear and display the news or weather, control smart home devices, and more.

Vuzix Blade smart glasses hit Amazon, integrate with Alexa
Blade users can book an Uber, set timers, create lists, hear and display the news or weather, control smart home devices, and more

Paul Travers, president and chief executive officer of Vuzix, said: “The custom Alexa application developed by Vuzix has been certified by Amazon, paving the way for the Vuzix Blade smart glasses to become an Alexa ‘built-in’ smart glasses device. The software team at Vuzix worked closely with the Alexa team at Amazon to offer a complete Alexa integration.”

He added: “Now that we have the Vuzix Blade available for easy purchase on Amazon.com, we see this offering as the ideal method to make available Amazon Alexa’s cloud-based voice services to Vuzix smart glasses.”

AR for enterprise

In June, Vuzix confirmed that it had received an additional follow-on development commitment from a global tier one aerospace firm to build a customised commercial avionics waveguide-based head-mounted display (HMD) system.

The first stage of the programme with this unnamed aerospace firm was completed in Q4 2018, with the second stage announced in May this year.

The most recent follow-on commitment for the third stage of this programme totals approximately $400,000 and is expected to be completed before the end of 2019.

Travers said in June: “We are very pleased with the progress we continue to make with this customer as we jointly work together on a significant production opportunity in the commercial avionics space.”

“Original equipment manufacturer custom waveguide-based development and production projects such as this represent a highly profitable vehicle for leveraging our extensive optical expertise and intellectual property and we look forward to announcing further developments with this firm and others going forward.”

Vuzix produces the M-Series line of smart glasses for enterprise. The M300XL and its new improved version, the M400, are deployed in sectors such as remote visual support.

Vuzix Blade smart glasses hit Amazon, integrate with Alexa
The M-Series smart glasses are deployed in the field for access to experts through remote visual support

San Francisco-based SightCall partnered with Vuzix in April to develop a see-what-I-see field service solution using the M300XL smart glasses.

SightCall allows field forces to leverage augmented remote guidance from offsite experts. When a tech cannot finalise a repair, by clicking the Video Expertise button in SightCall’s FS App, they will connect to a central or field expert.

Speaking in April, Thomas Cottereau, chief executive officer at SightCall, said of the partnership with Vuzix: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Vuzix. The M300XL smart glasses are ready for the field services market, and we look forward to helping service organisations digitally transform their processes with augmented reality-powered visual assistance.”

Image credits: Vuzix Corporation