Amazon is getting into the bio-material business with a $1.2bn order for bioacoustic nanoparticles, as it continues to work to commercialize its smart glasses.
The New York-based retailer says the nanoparticles can be used to help people in hospitals and in fields of interest like medicine and healthcare.
The nanoparticles have a low energy and are much less susceptible to heat, heat-induced chemical reactions and other damage than standard nanoparticles that can be found in conventional materials.
Amazon is also looking at other bio-amplifiers and materials, such as carbon nanotubes.
In a statement, Amazon said it has ordered $1 billion of Bio-Omni-Acoustic Nanoparticles, which can be combined with conventional electrodes to create a wide range of electrodes.
Amazon said it expects to ship the bioamplifier in the second quarter of 2020.
It said it plans to market the bioacoustics to hospitals, the healthcare industry and other businesses.
The Bio-Cadmium nanoparticle is the latest technology to be used in Amazon’s smart glasses, the Amazon Echo, that is available for a limited time.