We can all envision what augmented reality glasses might eventually look like: as thin and light as regular glasses, with an all-day battery life, and don't make you look like a complete cyborg dork. The problem is those aren't technically feasible today, as Google Glass and others have proved.
What's new: That's what makes Amazon's reported approach so interesting. Rather than trying to cram in all the tech that will go into the glasses of the future, it appears Amazon is focused on what technology can be included in smart glasses today while still being light, comfortable, and usable all day. And that means putting a big focus on its Alexa voice assistant as the star attraction, according to the Financial Times ace reporter Tim Bradshaw.
More details: Amazon is pairing Alexa with an interesting technology: transmitting audio via bone conduction, which also lets consumers skip another dorky element — having to wear headphones. But, if Amazon goes for the audio-only approach, it may not have some of the features necessary for AR, which, it's worth noting, was not mentioned in the FT report.
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