A year after Amazon made a splash at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the integration of Amazon Alexa, glass manufacturer Vuzix is bringing a remarkable weather app to its Blade smart glasses for the 2019 conference.
Vuzix Announces The Blade device now uses the Accuweather app to display current weather conditions and forecasts for a user's home and other target cities.
The Smartglasses version of the app will be launched in the first quarter of 2019, but its current smartphone version is already one of the most popular weather apps with over 50 million installations in the Play Store alone.
Image from Vuzix / YouTube  "AccuWeather is one of the world's most reliable and best-known weather brands with the largest collection of weather data "said Paul Travers, president of Vuzix a CEO in a statement.
"We are pleased to partner with AccuWeather to provide localized digital weather content and information about the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses to users at home or on the move anywhere in the world"
Vuzix continues to emphasize the consumer-friendly features of its portable device that users can pair with iPhone or Android devices Alerts or interact with apps within their field of view.
A new promotional video annoys future apps from Uber, Yelp, Motiv, Strava and others, alongside the confirmed native apps from Alexa and Accuweather SMS and camera functionality. And while a Vuzix spokesperson told Next Reality that the company has yet to confirm the availability of these other apps, Accuweather is certainly part of the device's app suite.
"With Vuzix, an innovator and industry leader in smart AR eyewear, we provide up-to-date weather forecasts and tools where users can prepare for a truly personal and intimate weather experience, a level that only AR technology can provide, "said Steve Smith, president of AccuWeather Digital Media.
Currently the Vuzix Blade is available for anyone who can order for $ 999 via Vuzix. Shipping will take place after four to six weeks order date. At this price point, however, Vuzix Blade, in contrast to the North Focals offering similar hands-free, apps and Alexa integration, is informing the camera (and the associated privacy concerns) in favor of a sleeker and more fashion-friendly
However, Vuzix has already provided a software developer kit, while North has not yet provided a developer developer kit. With the SDK and its Android-based operating system, Vuzix has the advantage of being able to add new apps faster than in the North. The Vuzix app store currently has 102 apps available for Blade, including Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Instagram, Firefox and Skype.
So consumers will be ready to forego fashion $ 1,000 price point? Or, as Apple has repeatedly demonstrated with smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and now wireless earphones (AirPods), will most consumers choose to wait for Tim Cook and his company to choose smartglasses?