The Echo Frames raise a lot of questions What they do, who they are for, whether they can customize them and even buy them – that's not as easy as going to the electronics store or adding to your Amazon store. Shopping venture. We already know the following.
Why did Amazon make echo frames?
Wearables are a potentially huge technology sector, but so far only smartwatches and fitness trackers have really taken hold. Some companies, especially Google and even Amazon itself, have already launched smart eyewear (see), but have barely entered the mainstream.
With $ 180 you can take Alexa and his extensive collection of skills at a relatively low price with the echo frames. If successful, the new device could help expand Amazon's influence outside of their own homes, something Google has been able to do on phones with Google Assistant, but Amazon has not.
This is what Echo Frames do
Echo frames are a pair of paired glasses that allow you to speak commands and hear Alexas answers hands-free. You can also use it to listen to audio streams. For example, when you walk down the street full of hands, you can ask Alexa to turn on the air conditioner at home or play a podcast.
At 31 grams, echo frames are no heavier than regular eyewear, though the temples look wider than average.
You can control some functions by stroking the earpiece. Microphones that can be turned off by tapping an action button on the temple twice are waiting for commands. Then you – and only you – hear about Alexa's answer via four beam-forming micro-speakers aimed at your ears.
Only Echo Frames for Now to Work with Android Phones
Amazon also advertises the Echo Frames as an accessory for your Android phone. So you can hear warnings about your glasses and interact with Google Assistant. Currently, Echo Frames lacks iOS support, and Amazon is eager to see if they will work with iPhones ($ 699 on Amazon) in the future.
Correction Lenses May Be Used in Echo Frames
During the presentation, Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of equipment and services, noted that his demonstration pair had their own set of corrective lenses.
Amazon, your ophthalmologist, is able to match lenses to your echo goggles and adjust their fit like any other goggle. Amazon even has a printable map with information to help your eye doctor.
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Echo frames have no head-up display.
Unlike Google Glass, the echo frames do not function as a personal HUD. That is, they do not project information such as turn-by-turn navigation or AR interlays on the world around you on the lenses in front of you. There is a little blue light that comes on to let you know that Alexa is listening, but that's the only function. Echo frames are just for pairing with your phone and speaking to Alexa.
You can make calls with the Echo Frames
With Echo Frames, you can call everyone in your contacts with your voice. However, for this feature to work, you must share your contact list with Amazon.
Echo frames do not have a camera.
Echo frames have no camera at any point. So you do not have to worry about people taking pictures or videos of you.
You need the Amazon chargers to turn on the echo frames. According to Amazon, "temporary use" frames should be "fully charged" throughout the day, which Amazon defines as 40 Alexa interactions, 45 minutes of audio playback, 20 minutes of phone calls and 90 notifications over a 14 hour period at 60% volume If you enjoy listening to music, Amazon expects continuous audio playback of about three hours at a volume of 60%.
How to Hear Echo Frames
Echo frames work much like other Amazon Echo devices ($ 70 on Amazon) Alexa always waits for the wake-up word (usually) "Alexa" can also be used on "Computer" (http://www.cnet.com/ "Echo" or " After triggering, frames start recording your voice and send that audio to Amazon servers, where they are processed into a command that is sent back to frames.
Knowing when to record frames  W When Alexa is triggered in Echo Frames, you will hear a beep and see a small blue status light in the frames indicating that Alexa is listening.
What we know about Amazon: Keep copies of these records
Just like other Amazon Echo devices, Amazon stores all your interactions with Alexa, including audio recordings. According to Amazon, "a very small portion of the voice recordings are manually reviewed," which means that people sometimes listen to them for product development purposes.
In times of increasingAmazon has attempted to stay one step ahead of customers' concerns by creating a portal for Alexa users that can control how their personal information is collected , stored and used. There you can specify that Amazon does not collect or verify your data at all, or that records be automatically deleted after three or 18 months.
You must request an invitation to purchase Echo Frames.
Amazon has not communicated all details, such as shipping dates or availability during the holidays. However, we know that you need an invitation that you can request for the Echo Frames here. (The company also manages the launch of its Amazon Echo car and Echo Loop car device.)
Once you receive your email invitation, you will receive a code that is valid for 30 days. You must complete your order with Amazon. We also know that the Echo Frames and Echo Loop are sold in limited quantities.
Find out if they will fit.
Currently, Echo frames are available in one color only (black with turtle temple tips) and one size (54 x 18 x 145 mm). Amazon has a small pop-up window on the Echo Frames product page that lets customers determine if frames fit their face.
You should expect more devices like this.
One reason for the invitation system is that the wearables in this fall a new class of products that Amazon calls Day 1 Editions, including Echo Loop. According to Amazon, these are finished products, but they are only limited available. This means that they will not be widely available in stores. Amazon stressed, however, that the Day 1 Editions are not beta versions, but fully developed, ready-to-use gadgets.
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Originally published last month.
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