Amazon Echo Frames hands-on


(people talking)
– Hey, this is Dan from The Verge and I’m
wearing Alexa on my face. These are the new Echo Frames which are actually glasses
that have microphones and speakers embedded into them so you can speak to Alexa as if it was an Echo speaker. Now you can tell they kinda look like normal glasses here but if I take them off my face could see that there’s speakers
underneath the bottom of it and a couple speaker holes on each side. There’s microphone holes
and there’s a button here to activate the Alexa voice
as well as adjust the volume. Then there’s a swipe
control here on the side so you can swipe through
things to agree to various notifications and
alerts and things like that. Now what’s interesting
about these is Amazon is not using bone
conduction for the audio. They said that they’d
developed a technology where the speakers will
actually fire the sound down. Now it’s it’s very loud in
here in this demo environment. You can kinda here the Echo
Studio in the other room kinda pumpin’ some tunes. But if I just you know
say, Alexa play some music. I get a little LED light right here in my eyebrow area and then music is gonna start playing through these
speakers down to my ears. And if I crank up the volume all the way you might be able to hear it but most people really
aren’t gonna be able to hear it next to you. It’s a very weird type of
unique, personalized experience. Now part of the personalization of that is these new VIP notifications where Alexa will identify what notifications are important to you and only alert you about
them on you’re glasses and let the other ones worry about it on an Echo device or something like that. Now in terms of glasses, these
are like standard glasses. They’ve got spring hinges. They’re they’re an acetate frame which is like fancier plastic. They feel okay. They’re a bit light, they
are very light in fact which makes them pretty
comfortable to wear even though they have all
these electronics in them. You could put prescription lenses in them. You could put sunglasses in them. They are really you know typical glasses. The way that you’re gonna
be able to get these is you’re gonna only be
able to get them through an invite only system that you can request a new invite or an invite for them starting today. Amazon says they’re gonna be shipping by the end of the year and they cost $179. (whoosh)
Thanks for checking these out. We’ve got a lot more on the
site about the Echo Frames. The Echo Buds. The Echo Studio. Like Amazon announced 15
different things today. Be sure to check it out at theverge.com. We’re gonna have more
videos for you on YouTube. Stay tuned.

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