Last year, Amazon introduced its smart glasses product, the Echo Frames. They’re still a bit of a work in progress and you can only get them by requesting an invite, which Amazon has to approve. My invite was recently accepted so after we spent the $179 preview price (full retail will be $249 when these are generally available), I received the Echo Frames and I’ve been wearing them for the past two weeks.
Are they worth the price tag? That’s difficult to say but I think for most people, no, they’re not. Let me tell you why after explaining what they are and what they do.
Amazon Echo Frames are a much simpler take than Google Glass, the first, and very expensive at $1,500, smart glasses I’ve ever worn. Google Glass has a camera and a heads-up display. The Amazon Echo Frames do not.
Instead, these are standard-looking glasses frames with a thicker-than-normal temple (the side of the frames that rest on your ear).