Amazon has launched the next-generation of Echo Frames Smart Glasses today. The second-gen Smart Glasses add improvements to sound, battery, and more. Fortunately, this can be purchased by anyone now.
Amazon Echo Frames (2nd gen) Smart Glasses – Price, Availability, Offers
Amazon announced the transition of Echo Frames Smart Glasses from Day 1 Edition to a mature product on its official newsletter(via The Verge). Accordingly, you can pre-order the Smart Glasses on Amazon for $249.99. Besides, people who have purchased the previous version can upgrade to this for $70.
If we recall, the first Echo Frames Smart Glass launched at $179.99. Shipping starts December 10 and the Smart glasses are eligible for out-of-network insurance reimbursement. Supported providers are VSP Vision Care, EyeMed, and Cigna. Amazon is also partnering with LensCrafters which is an international retailer of prescription eyewear.
Amazon Echo Frames (2nd gen)- Design
Talking about the design, the new Echo Frames(2nd gen) Smart Glasses is similar to the predecessor. You get a rectangular-shaped frame design on the front. The shell of the frame is thick and extends to the nose grip position. Hence, there are no external nose clips. The side, however, is different from a typical spectacle. The temple of the Echo Frames Smart Glasses is bulkier and it houses the internals.
That said, the 2nd gen brings two new colorways as an addition. Thus the three new colors are Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black. In terms of build quality, there are just like the previous version with eyewear grade TR-90, carbon fiber, and titanium material. They come with non-corrective lenses and are compatible with prescription lenses as well.
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Functions of Amazon Echo Frames(2nd gen)- What’s New?
Typically this is a Smart Glass. Accordingly, it supports Bluetooth and Smart Assistant connectivity features. Precisely, Amazon’s Smart Glasses have two great functionalities. You can pair it with an Android/iOS device and interact with Amazon Alexa like Echo Buds. Additionally, the smart glasses can also play audio over a Bluetooth connection.
As mentioned earlier, the new generation comes with audio, battery, and other feature improvements. Precisely, it can now adjust the volume automatically based on the Noise levels, at the start of playback. Additionally, it has features like the microphone‘s response to voice, VIP filters(priority apps/contacts), support for calendars, group message.
Amazon says that the new Glasses will have 40% more battery life than the 1st gen. That is, if you keep the volume at 60%. It also turns itself off when placed upside down for more than three seconds. If we recall, Amazon’s Smart Glass was rumored way back in 2017 before the company unveiled it only last year. However, unlike this iteration, the previous one was available as an invite-only product.
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