Amazon's Alexa-powered smart glasses are now more widely available

Joanna Estrada
November 21, 2020

Last year, Amazon announced Echo Frames, which are nearly exactly what they sound like - a prescription-ready eyeglasses frame that looks pretty standard but has built-in microphones for you to summon Alexa. The glasses were first introduced in September 2019 at the company's annual devices event in Seattle.

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.

Amazon's Echo Frames are now available for anyone to buy, and are getting improvements in audio quality, a longer battery life, new colours, and more features. They were introduced previous year as a Day 1 Edition product and were only available via invitation.

Whether "the little voice in your head" is something you'd want to constantly hear was the subject of a Washington Post test of the glasses earlier this year.

Echo Frames are available in Modern Tortoise Horizon Blue and Classic Black
Echo Frames are available in Modern Tortoise Horizon Blue and Classic Black

Another new feature is how the speaker volume adjusts automatically depending on ambient noise levels, and how the glasses automatically switch off when they are placed upside down (on a table, for example) for three seconds.

At the same time, Amazon has announced that its second Day 1 project, the Echo Loop ring, won't move into production as a full product. Amazon says the microphone is created to only hear the wearer's voice, and can be muted with a double-press of a button. They'll come in black, horizon blue and modern tortoise, and although they have clear lenses, customers will be able to get prescriptions installed at a LensCrafters store.

Echo Frames are now available for pre-order for $249.99, and will begin shipping on December 10. Owners of the original model can upgrade for $70.

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