Every day, we get closer to the future. What was merely a dream a long time ago, now has started sculpting the real figures. Smart glasses were once a part of the discourse and debates. And, today, the giant technology providers are heading forward to move into smart glasses development. Amazon, just like its name, keeps its “AMAZing mode ON.” It has announced the launch of Amazon Echo Frames a few days ago. After the drone technology, voice assistant, strong logistic network, it has entered into the smart glasses and frame domain. It is an exciting venture for both Amazon and humanity to make a mark in this field. Hence, let’s unfurl the road less traveled by reviewing the Amazon Echo Frame.
Whenever a user purchases the Amazon Echo Frames, they find the following items after they unbox the complete package:
- Amazon Echo Frames
- Carrying case
- Charging cable
- Power adapter
- Warranty card
Is Amazon the only player?
Precisely, the answer is no. Technological giants like Bose have already tapped this domain earlier and are in the production phase of their second iteration of the sunglasses. But, it is also the most untapped and unharnessed field of future technologies. Amazon built Amazon Echo Frames with the ideology to design and deliver a product to the users that would enhance their power to remain connected with the world and give a balance that would render access to communication, information, and entertainment. Amazon believes that the new Amazon Echo Frames fits well with the users to engage them with content, services, and people.
According to Amazon, the Echo Frames weigh 31 grams. Hence, it is very light in weight. It is available in three color variants – modern tortoise, horizon blue, and classic black. Amazon Echo Frames is splash resistant. The material science working behind the smart glass is TR-90, carbon fiber, and titanium. Therefore, the materials used to design the body gives the frames high stiffness, strength, and corrosion resistance. Echo Frames have non-corrective lenses that are compatible with most of the prescription lenses. So, a user gets more flexibility than that of Bose smart frames that are not compatible.
One can feel quite weird because what next Amazon can eye upon related to its voice assistance platform – Alexa. But, what if we say that from now on, Alexa collaborates with the user’s eye. Strange, isn’t it? However, it is true. The new Amazon Echo Frame brings the Alexa service to the user’s eye. A user can understand whether Alexa is listening or not by seeing a small blue status light inside the Echo Frames. Alexa will provide the same services the way it is already delivering. It will be comfortable for the users to wear the new frames and use Amazon’s voice assistant commands.
It takes 75 minutes to completely charge the new Amazon Echo Frames through Amazon’s proprietary USB cable to the four-pronged magnetic connector. As per Amazon’s claims, Echo Frames last long for a day on 100% battery at the start with optimized usage. According to Amazon, this usage is at most 40 interactions with Alexa, 45 minutes of audio playback, receiving 90 notifications over 14 hours with 60% volume, and 20 minutes of cellular calls. If the user is a music lover, Amazon Echo Frames can provide an audio listening service for three hours continuously at 60% volume.
Because there are two players in the smart glasses market, Bose has the edge over Amazon on the grounds of pricing as it comes at 80% of Echo Frames’ cost. Also, the iPhone and iPad users cannot go for the Amazon Echo Frame due to its non-functionality and incompatibility. But, the use of Alexa in the Echo Frame and flexibility to change the lenses, will hit some minds who will indeed purchase the same. In a nutshell, Amazon Echo Frame is the new princess of the consumer electronics market with a rich set of features.