Toyota Adding Alexa to Select Cars in 2018

According to the latest report, Alexa-powered AR smart glasses will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The AR glasses will reportedly arrive in the second quarter with a cost around $1,000 (approximately Rs. 63,400).

Alexa integration into Toyota and Lexus infotainment systems will allow driver and passengers to ask for directions, control entertainment, queue news, control the smart home, and access other Alexa skills available through Amazon's marketplace. The latest development is a lightweight solution of the AVS Device SDK that the company launched previous year to let OEMs start integrating Alexa into their Bluetooth-supported connected devices. However, Vuzix has emerged as the first smartglass maker to showcase the development in real.

Vuzix Corp. will show off a pair of smart glasses that can talk to Amazon.com Inc.'s voice-activated digital assistant and display information to the wearer's field of view, Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers said in an interview.

Adding Alexa's machine learning smart capabilities into the mix makes a lot of sense and could really turn the Blade specs into a device that is useful for both work and play, providing you can stomach wearing the nerd goggles out in public; that didn't work out so well for Google Glass.

It's good to see the smart glasses market continue after Google Glass had a rough test launch.

The addition of Amazon Alexa on Acer, Asus, and HP computers poses a major challenge to Microsoft's own Cortana, which the company has integrated into its Windows operating system. It will soon make its way to get the anticipated HomePod voice-controlled speaker from Apple. Additional hands-free commands will also be enabled to let users perform multiple operations using the personal assistant from Amazon.

The inclusion of Alexa on a non-Amazon product is not a first, though, as past year the smart assistant debuted on the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9, and Motorola Z series smartphones.

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