An upgraded model of its Echo Frames smart glasses has been announced by Amazon, adding better sound quality, longer battery life, and new colors.
In addition, as the company moves the Alexa-equipped glasses from a “Day One Edition” invitation-only system to a full-fledged offering, the latest Echo Frames are now available for all to purchase.
The Echo Frames of the second generation would cost $249.99—a price rise of $70 from the initial models, which sell for $179.99. (Existing clients of Day One Version Echo Frames will be able to update their pair for $70, however to the latest model.)
The new Echo Frames are designed, like the original model, to deliver a simple, discreet way to use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on your regular outings.
The latest versions physically look pretty similar to the old pair, with a style that looks more or less like a normal pair of thick-framed lenses, but on the side (where all the hardware is with thicker-than-usual stems.
The latest edition introduces two new shades, with blue and tortoiseshell combinations, to the regular black. Amazon is now working with LensCrafters to make it much better to get lenses on smart glasses for consumers who use prescription lenses (although it also provides a reference for every optician).
Somewhere between a clever accessory and a pair of weird Bluetooth headphones, the glasses themselves work.
Using the microphone and speaker, you can combine them with an iOS or Android phone to connect to the Alexa app and take advantage of Amazon’s smart assistant functionality, close to the Echo Buds.
But for normal Bluetooth “headphone” functions, such as listening to music and using your own computer assistant (like Siri or Google Assistant), you will still be able to use them.
“While Amazon is raising the Echo Frames to “true product status, the company has announced that the Amazon Echo Loop ring, the other Day One wearable system, will not continue.
Although the company will stop the Echo Loop ring’s production and distribution, it guarantees that it will continue to provide “updates and support” for current clients, at least for now.
The latest Echo Frames are now available for preorder, ahead of release on December 10th.