The latest of these comes from Silicon Valley startup Matternet, which has been testing an autonomous drone network over Switzerland, shuttling blood and other medical samples between hospitals and testing facilities. Right now, Raptopoulos says, hospitals move those supplies using third party couriers that tend to be expensive and unreliable, or even use taxis. To make that possible, the California company developed a drone base station that automates ground operations, to make life as easy as possible for operators. Another Silicon Valley startup, Zipline, delivers blood and vaccine supplies throughout Rwanda and Tanzania, African countries where lacking infrastructure makes flying much more efficient than driving.
Amazon's is reportedly working on a pair of Alexa-powered smart glasses that could be announced at an upcoming product launch event, the Financial Times reports. Amazon first showed interest in building a pair of smart glasses when it was granted a patent for a pair back in 2015, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. An illustration for a pair of smart glasses Amazon patented in 2015. The electronic device controls the variable-transparency layer to operate in a first state in which the variable-transparency layer is transparent and to operate in a second state in which the variable-transparency layer is opaque.
Amazon.com is developing its first wearable product--a pair of "smart glasses" that will allow you to use its digital assistant Alexa wherever you are, according to the Financial Times. The FT noted that Babak Parviz, the founder of Google's ill-fated smart glasses project, and other former Google Glass researchers now work at Amazon's labs. Read: Here's How You Can Buy Snapchat Spectacles Online As the FT points out, a wearable and always-on Alexa allows Amazon to make good one of its key shortcomings. While an iPhone user can call Siri or an Android phone users can summon Google's Assistant, the current Alexa app needs you to unlock the phone first.
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The device will reportedly look like a regular pair of glasses and use bone-conduction technology so that the user can hear Alexa without the need for earphones or conventional speakers. The FT report also says that Amazon is working on a home security camera separate from its ever-expanding lineup of Echo devices; the product that ultimately turned out to be the Echo Look was widely assumed to be a more conventional security camera when it first leaked. Amazon's Echo Show already lets you view the feed from other security cameras, a feature naturally pegged for the company's own upcoming model. The regular Echo speaker has gone virtually unchanged since its announcement in 2014, and has been out of stock on Amazon for a while now, prompting speculation over a successor.
Now, a new report claims that Amazon is planning to put Alexa on a pair of smart glasses. The Amazon Alexa smart glasses won't feature a display of any kind nor a camera like the Google Glass, according to Engadget. Google Glass founder Babak Parviz is believed to be closely involved in the development of the new Amazon Alexa glasses. Aside from the Alexa glasses, Amazon is also believed to be working on a new home security camera.
According to a report by the Financial Times, the glasses could be revealed at a product launch event expected to be held soon alongside a home security camera, designed to tie in with its Echo Show video screen. Also, Google Home owners report using their devices daily or more often slightly more than Amazon Echo owners, across all these varied applications and uses." In 2016, Amazon began expanding the range, releasing the smaller Echo Dot, the Echo Look camera and the Echo Show with a screen. Alexa, the smart assistant that powers the range, also became integrated into Amazon's Fire range of video streaming devices and tablets, and is also available as a smartphone app and plugin for third-party products such as cars, speakers and TVs.
While Amazon's popular Alexa Echo devices are arguably the king of digital assistants, it's easy to forget the the retailer had a string of failures before that, especially the Fire Phone. It could be controlled by Alexa-enabled Echo products, and show the video feed on Amazon's Echo Show screen (above). Adding merit to the FT report (which hasn't been confirmed by Amazon), Google Glass founder Babak Parviz, hired away by Amazon in 2014, has been reportedly heavily involved with the Alexa glasses project. The eyeglasses and security products are supposedly coming by the end of the year, presumably in time for Christmas.
Rumours have been swirling for months about Google's next Pixel smartphones and the tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube earlier this month, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. The rumours follow leaked images earlier in August, which claim to show Google's Pixel 2 handset. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) In March, the head of hardware at Google first confirmed that the firm is developing a second-generation Pixel for the'premium smartphone market'.