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Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon's Alexa glasses, the Echo Frames, are graduating from the retailer's tech preview and going up for general sale, with a bunch of new updates for those eager to wear the assistant on their face. At the same time, fellow Amazon Day 1 Editions product Echo Loop - effectively a ring for interacting with Alexa - is being discontinued, the retailer says.

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These new Vuzix Smart Glasses actually look like regular glasses

These new Vuzix Smart Glasses actually look like regular glasses

Smart glasses need to blend in like regular eyewear if they're ever going to break into the mainstream, and Vuzix thinks its next-gen digital spectacles could have that edge. Previewed for the first time today - and coming sooner than you might think, Vuzix is promising - the new smart glasses could easily be mistaken for regular prescription glasses at first and even second glance, with none of the obvious giveaways that there's tech onboard.

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Niantic won’t make its own Pokemon GO smart glasses

Niantic won’t make its own Pokemon GO smart glasses

Pokemon GO developer Niantic may be creating a set of augmented reality smart glasses, but it has no intention of building them itself, the company has confirmed. Niantic had announced last December that it would be working on a set of AR glasses using Qualcomm's chipset technology, and with which games like Pokemon GO and Ingress could better integrate into the real world.

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Apple Glass’ AR lenses reportedly just took a huge step forward

Apple Glass’ AR lenses reportedly just took a huge step forward

Apple's smart glasses lenses have reportedly gone into trial production, as one of the key components for its upcoming AR products apparently makes it past the prototype stage. Based on technology expected to be used first in an augmented reality headset, and then a pair of sunglasses-style Apple Glasses, the lenses will presumably allow apps to project digital graphics into the wearer's line of sight.

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North bought by Google: Shuts down Focals 1.0 and 2.0 smart glasses

North bought by Google: Shuts down Focals 1.0 and 2.0 smart glasses

Smart glasses-maker North has confirmed it is being acquired by Google, and it's bad news for anybody looking forward to the company's second-generation Focals 2.0 - or who currently uses the Focals 1.0. The deal - chatter of which leaked recently - will see North's team join Google's work on its hardware and "ambient computing" platforms.

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Apple Glass patent shows modular system for future hero tech

Apple Glass patent shows modular system for future hero tech

Apple's prospective plans for a "modular system for head-mounted device" were revealed in a newly-public patent posted to the USPTO. The United States Patent and Trademark Office showed this document with inventors Paul X Wang and Dinesh C Mathew, as first filed in April of the year 2019. This could, possibly, point to part of Apple's design language for their eventual release of a pair of smart glasses, imbued with augmented reality abilities and tipped to be called Apple Glass.

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Alphabet reportedly buying Focals smart glasses maker North

Alphabet reportedly buying Focals smart glasses maker North

AR-powered smart glasses are one of those technologies that sound and look great on Tony Stark but are a far cry from being an actual profitable product, be it in retail or even in industrial applications. Smart glasses are hard to get right, both in actual implementation but also in marketing. Even Google practically gave up on its Google Glass but now parent company Alphabet may be trying to take another stab at it by buying North, maker of wearables including the Focals smart glasses.

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Apple Glass will be here soon: Things you should know

Apple Glass will be here soon: Things you should know

For reasons best known to Apple, the Apple Glasses – believed to be called Apple Glass – is one of the most mysterious devices in the tech fraternity. For years now we have been sleeping with rumors about Apple’s augmented reality/smart glasses only to wake up with another set of hearsays the next morning. While we long to see the first real images of the glasses in any form, an Apple leakster, has managed to see them and “they’re sleek as hell,” he says.

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You’ll apparently have Jony Ive to thank – or blame – for Apple’s smart glasses gamble

You’ll apparently have Jony Ive to thank – or blame – for Apple’s smart glasses gamble

Former Apple design chief Jony Ive hit reset on the company's first AR and VR headset project, according to a new report, pushing for a controversial design that traded some performance in favor of portability. Though the Apple smart glasses aren't expected to be launched for another couple of years at least, previous leaks have described a number of different approaches within the Cupertino firm as it readies commercial devices.

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Apple Glass price and tech leak for AR smart glasses

Apple Glass price and tech leak for AR smart glasses

Apple's augmented reality glasses will be called the Apple Glass and be considerably more affordable in their first generation than might have been expected, a new leak claims, though don't expect to be wearing them for a while yet. Long-rumored, the smart glasses would arguably be Apple's biggest new product launch since the Apple Watch.

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After a year with North’s smart glasses, here’s why I’m all-in on Focals 2.0

After a year with North’s smart glasses, here’s why I’m all-in on Focals 2.0

For nearly the past year, on and off, the future has been balanced on my face. Smart glasses have long been the lodestar of wearables, and North's Focals promised a taste of that before the tech heavyweights had shown their hand. It hasn't been an easy path here, though, shaped by sci-fi movies and soured by projects like Google Glass along the way.

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Facebook’s smart glasses just found their AR lenses

Facebook’s smart glasses just found their AR lenses

Facebook has locked up an exclusive supply of smart glasses displays, inking a deal with a microLED specialist that could one day put digital lenses in wearable computers. The agreement with UK display-maker Plessey boxes out rivals like Apple, Google, and others from an augmented reality display-maker, a move that could be pivotal when AR wearables become market-ready in the coming years.

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