Amazon's Alexa-Powered Smart Glasses Are Now Available to Everyone

A photo of the Echo Frames smart glasses in three colors.Amazon

Amazon is now offering $ 250 pre-orders for its 2nd Generation Echo Frames smart glasses. The new frames offer better sound quality and improved battery life than their predecessor. These are the first Echo frames available to regular users, as frames from the first iteration were only offered to certain customers by email invitation.

Although the term “smart glasses” may give you flashbacks google glasses, Alexa-powered Echo frames are actually quite modest. These are just thick-rimmed plastic glasses with a built-in microphone and speaker. You can use them to make calls, listen to music, listen to notifications, or talk to Alexa, just like you would with a pair of Echo Buds. (You can even use the Echo frames to control Siri or Google Assistant, that’s how similar they are to a pair of Bluetooth headphones.)

Anyone can wear Echo frames, but you will need to see an optometrist to add corrective lenses to smart glasses. Heck, even if you have 20/20 vision, you may still need an ophthalmologist to help you fit the frames to your face. Amazon is partnering with LensCrafters to make Echo Frames prescriptions as easy as possible, though the company is providing a guide for opticians who are not familiar with smart executives.

Echo frames are available for pre-order for $ 250 and will ship December 10. $ 250 frames do not include a visit to the ophthalmologist or a set of lenses. Amazon is also announcing that it is ditching the unpopular Echo Loop smart ring, but the company plans to offer ongoing updates and support to current Echo Loop users.

Smart glasses with Alexa

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