Amazon introduced the second-gen version of its Echo Frames smart glasses, earlier this week, which are no longer in beta and available for anyone to purchase for $249. Echo Frames are designed to offer a hands-free Alexa experience via a pair of Bluetooth glasses, which can pull data from your smartphone. However, the lens has no mini-digital display, so don’t expect an augmented reality, overlay experience. Instead, frames come with four microphones, which can automatically check audio levels based on ambient noise.
The company said, “Now you can hear notifications and alerts, turn on compatible smart lights or call a friend.”
They were introduced as a Day 1 edition product last year and were available only through invitation. There is also support for calendar and group messaging on second generation Echo Frames. They are now ready for pre-order, and will begin shipping from 10 December. Meanwhile, the smart ring echo loop with Alexa support is closing.
The upgraded Eco Frames are priced at $249 and are now up for sale in the US via Amazon.com, although their international availability is not yet clear. They are now available in three colour options: Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue and Classic Black.
Amazon stated that the improved Echo Frames have improved battery life; it is now up to 40 percent longer. According to listings on Amazon, Echo Frames delivers two hours of talk time and Alexa interaction, or four hours of non-stop media playback at a full charge. A new feature also closes the frames when they are held upside down for three seconds which will further help extend battery life.
With Echo Frames, you can make calls, set reminders, listen to podcasts, add things to your to-do list, receive news or control your smart home devices, while Can leave your ears open. Echo Frames gives sound directly to your ears, while others can hear. The frames also support access to Google Assistant and Siri from compatible devices. While echo frames come with non-corrective lenses, they are compatible with most prescription lenses and Amazon has a guide to help it.