Report: Alexa-Powered Smart Glasses in the Works

Amazon is planning to release a pair of Alexa-enabled smartglasses as the latest addition to its range of voice-controlled devices, according to reports.

Unlike most previous smartglasses, such as the ill-fated Google Glass experiment and Snapchat's Spectacles, the Amazon glasses won't feature a camera in any form, bypassing the privacy concerns that have plagued the form-factor in the past.

Instead, they will focus on providing a link to Alexa, Amazon's voice-controlled personal assistant, through a bone-conduction audio system, which transmits sounds into the wearer's head by vibrating their skull, rather than through headphones inserted in their ear.

According to a report by the Financial Times, the glasses could be revealed at a product launch event expected to be held soon alongside a home security camera, designed to tie in with its Echo Show video screen. Other reports have suggested the company will shortly release a new version of the Fire TV, its streaming media set-top box, with an Echo-style speaker system built-in.

The leaks paint a picture of a company doubling down on its biggest tech success since the launch of the Kindle. The Amazon Echo now has a 76% share of the smart speaker market in the US, according to research firm CIRP, with 15m units in consumer's homes. Google Home comes a distant second, with the remaining 24% of the market.

"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...

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