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In a surprising twist last November, Amazon openly acknowledged that ‘Alexa’ hadn’t quite lived up to their grand ambitions. Labeling it a staggering $10 billion loss, the tech giant took a considerable hit to its reputation. Yet, rather than throwing in the towel, Amazon is doubling down on its voice assistant endeavor. Enter the third-generation Echo Frames, a stylish pair of smart glasses that seamlessly integrate the beloved voice AI.
Available in five distinctive styles, these Echo Frames flaunt a sleek acetate aesthetic, boasting a 15% reduction in both weight and thickness compared to their predecessors. And for those who require prescription lenses, worry not; Amazon has got you covered. Redesigned audio drivers tucked within the temple stems deliver an enriched auditory experience, rendering the need for separate earbuds obsolete. Simply don the Echo Frames, and you can groove to music, field calls, and summon Alexa, all through your eyewear. With a starting price of $269, they promise all-day battery life, a handy “find-my” feature, and a nifty nightstand for overnight charging.
The Echo Frames’ primary mission is to seamlessly meld with your personal style, akin to Facebook and Ray-Ban’s ill-fated “Stories” glasses. Unlike Facebook’s gizmo, which harbored surreptitious cameras for covert surveillance, the Echo Frames treads a different path. While it maintains an always-active microphone, Amazon assures users that they won’t be peddling your data to third parties. You retain full control over recordings, with the option to review or delete them as you see fit.
Hidden beneath those stylish temple stems lies a reimagined audio architecture that delivers three times more bass than previous iterations. This upgrade enhances the comfort and balance when listening to music, podcasts, or taking calls. The open-ear design funnels audio directly into your ears, keeping your auditory experience private. This innovation renders traditional earbuds obsolete, allowing you to stay connected with the world around you, akin to a real-life Transparency Mode.
But the standout feature of the Echo Frames is undoubtedly its integration with Amazon’s voice AI, Alexa. With Alexa just a tap away, you can beckon the assistant for queries, music playback, or remote control of your smart home – from checking your door lock status to adjusting the thermostat. Additionally, app compatibility means you can locate your glasses remotely, a boon for those of us who constantly misplace our eyewear.
Designed with an IPx4 rating, the Echo Frames are suitable for outdoor wear, even in light drizzles. They offer six hours of uninterrupted use on a full charge, with a respectable 14 hours under moderate usage. Accompanying these frames is a smart charging stand that effortlessly replenishes their battery when docked. Starting at $269.99, the Echo Frames 3rd Gen offer a choice of five frame styles and colors. And for added convenience, you can directly add prescription lenses to your Amazon order during checkout.
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