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UPDATE: Amazon is working on first Alexa-powered smart glasses, FT reports

UPDATE: Amazon is working on first Alexa-powered smart glasses, FT reports

09/20/2017

By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch

Spectacles could be launched before the end of the year

Amazon.com Inc. is said to be working on its first wearable device, a pair of smart glasses that will interact with its virtual assistant Alexa, according to the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the plans.

The device, designed to look like a normal pair of glasses, would allow the users to summon Alexa at anytime, anywhere, using bone-conduction technology so there would no need for earphones or conventional speakers, the report said (https://www.ft.com/content/d7862042-9d9a-11e7-8cd4-932067fbf946).

The U.S. retail and tech giant (AMZN) is also said to be expanding its "smart home" hardware product line with a new home-security camera that would allow users to view the video feed on their Echo Show screen.

Both the Alexa glasses and security camera could be launched by the end of the year, according to the FT, alongside other updates to Echo products.

Amazon shares were 0.2% higher in thin premarket trade on Wednesday.

In other Amazon news, the retailer earlier this week accidentally sent out baby registry emails for people with no babies on the way (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oops-amazon-glitch-sends-gift-alerts-for-non-existent-babies-2017-09-19).

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