While the Microsoft?s HoloLens is still underway, another company Osterhout Design Group showcased their new generation R-8 and R-9 augmented reality Glasses at CES 2017.?The wearables company is known for its industrial and medical heads-up displays. The R-8 R-9 AR Glasses will first of their consumer oriented models.
The ODG R-8 R-9 smart glasses are powered by Qualcomm?s upcoming Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, reports The Verge. The SD 835 is well equipped for AR and VR purposes and glasses will tap into Snapdragon VR SDK to achieve positional tracking capabilities. Resembling bikers glasses, they are relatively light despite packing some heavy hardware.
ODG R-9 AR glasses
The higher end ODR R-9 is designed for more enterprise and industrial solutions. It?s got a 50-degree field of view with 1080P resolution for each eye. There?s 13-megapixel front facing camera that can record 4K at up to 60 fps and 1080p at up to 120 fps.
The R-9 model is equipped?with an expansion port for adding new modules. These might include as extra sensors for night vision and improved environmental scanning or a more powerful camera. The R-9 is expected to ship developer units in Q2 2017 for $1,800.
ODG R-8 AR glasses
The R-8 aimed at early consumer adopters, tones down the specifications a bit. It has a 40-degree field of view and 720P screen resolution and has two front-mounted cameras for 1080P stereo video recording. One thing the R-8 can do that the R-9 can?t is a stereo camera pair can capture 3D video. The R-8 is quite cheaper at $1000 and is also lighter, 4.5 ounces compared to the R-9?s 6.5 ounces. It is also expected to ship in the second half of 2017.
Both sets of glasses feature Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS and Glonass, high-speed IMU for detecting gestures, dual microphones, directional speakers, and USB-C and run Android Nougat 7.0 with ODG?s Reticle OS layer.
The R-8 is meant for consumers, and could be used to watch media on the go and gaming purposes. ODG admits they are not ?designed to be worn all the time? but can be used for watching movies on a digital big screen. The company is working with 21st Century Fox?s Innovation Lab on 3D like experiences with movies.
ODG hopes to use these smart glasses to replace the other screens such as mobile, tablets in the near future. Though ODG R-8 and R-9 are exactly advanced AR/VR options but they are definitely step forward for a new category of AR/VR glasses.
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