Amazon updated their Smart Glasses branded 'Echo Frames' today for US$249 that could work with iOS Siri
Patently Apple covered an Amazon event in late-September 2019 wherein they introduced their first move into smart glasses and a smart-ring amongst other devices. Today Amazon has updated their smart glasses are actually now available to the public, unlike their ring which has been cancelled.
Nestled in the temples, open-ear audio directs sound toward a user's ears, so that they could ask Alexa to make a phone call, listen to music, control their smart home, hear notifications, and more—all while keeping their ears uncovered. It’s the best of both worlds—personal audio with the magic of Alexa when users want it, while still being able to tune in to the world around them.
Customer Testimonial from Denny P.: "This feels like the future. I haven’t carried ear buds or headphones since I got these. I use them now for conference calls while I work from home and during the school day while I make my 4th grade son his lunch during virtual learning. The balance between what I hear on my Echo Frames while still interacting with the audio of the world around me is fantastic. That single benefit of being a dad and hearing my son at the same time is priceless."
Echo Frames, now even better
The all-new Echo Frames have improved audio quality, longer battery life, new colors, and features that make it easier than ever to interact with Alexa throughout your day. The updated Echo Frames improve upon our open ear audio technology, offering richer and fuller sound compared to the previous version, so your music and Alexa’s voice are even clearer.
The volume can now be set to automatically adjust at the start of playback based on the noise level of your environment and your selected listening profile—increasing the volume in noisier environments and lowering the volume in quieter environments.
Echo Frames still include VIP Filter—a feature that allows you to choose the apps and contacts you want to hear from, while filtering out the rest. We’ve added support for calendars and group messaging, further enabling you to keep your phone in your pocket without worrying about missing an important update.
As before, Echo Frames can also be used with native smartphone assistants on iOS and Android with a simple long press of the temple. And it’s now even simpler to fulfill your lens prescription by visiting any LensCrafters location.
Customers told us they wanted a choice of colors, so Echo Frames will come in three color options: Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black. They are lightweight, splash resistant, and great for daily use with eyewear grade TR-90, carbon fiber, and titanium. Based on feedback, we improved the battery life—now up to 40% longer for continuous playback than the previous generation at 60% volume. And to help maximize battery life, we are introducing a new feature that turns off your frames when they’re placed upside down for three seconds.
As with all Echo devices, Echo Frames are designed and built with privacy at the foundation. The microphones are made to respond to the voice of the person wearing the frames and can easily be turned off with a quick double-press of the action button. When the microphones are off, the light indicator will turn red.
Echo Frames come with non-corrective lenses and are compatible with most prescription lenses. Prescription lenses can be fulfilled by any LensCrafters location or your preferred eyewear professional. Find optician instructions here.
Echo Frames may be eligible for out-of-network insurance reimbursement with providers such as VSP Vision Care, EyeMed, and Cigna. Check with your insurance provider for more details.
Starting today, Echo Frames are available for $249.99, and will begin shipping on December 10—just in time for the holidays. In appreciation of those who purchased Echo Frames as part of Day 1 Editions, we’re offering existing Echo Frames customers the upgraded Echo Frames for just $70.