Amazon said to be working on smart glasses with Alexa integration

24 September, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Lorena Waters
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Amazon is planning to release a pair of Alexa-enabled smartglasses as the latest addition to its range of voice-controlled devices, according to reports.

Now, Ninety7 aims to bestow the same portable capabilities to the Google Home. However, it looks like the accessory maker - Ninety7 has been hearing the woes of Google Home users and it launched a snap-on battery "LOFT" that make Google Home portable. The Home Mini will compete with Amazon's Echo Dot, the $50 smart speaker that was the most popular item sold by Amazon on this year's Prime Day, the company's annual day for discounts.

LOFT battery only brings portability to the Google Home smart speaker; you will still need to connect it to a Wi-Fi to use its smart features.

First up is the Dox, which will sell for $39.95 (but is launching on sale for $29.95) and adds a rechargeable battery to the Dot that's supposed to let Amazon's tiny speaker run on its own for 10 hours. And yeah, you can get Google Assistant everywhere with your phone, but Google Assistant is more robust on Google Home than it is anywhere else, especially when it comes to music and playback controls.

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As you can see, the LOFT isn't a massive base, and its design blends quite well with Google Home, with a white base and a metal speaker grill that matches the original three metal Home bases offered by Google.

When it ships, LOFT will retail for $49.95 but you can pre-order it now for a more reasonable $39.95. I suspect some of that is because Google carefully hid the Home's size with a taper, whereas the Loft continues to flare outward.

Google Home does Google Assistant better than anything else, and now you can untether it from the outlet. Four LEDs on the front of both the LOFT and the DOX show battery status, while the power button allows you to shut the whole thing down if you want to reserve power.

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