A month after the $58 million investment round Osterhout Design Group has announced two new models of smartglasses R8 and R9. They can also boast having positional tracking, wider FOV and a smaller price compared to predecessors.

In ODG the new devices are proudly called consumer grade. They are priced $1000 and $1800, their FOV is 40 and 50 degrees. Fields of application – virtual and augmented (in priority) reality. The company’s engineers have created quite miniature glasses; on the other hand, bigger headgear for Windows will already be offered for $300 in Spring. Although, the difference between such devices is very big and covers the price fully, additionally it’s more appropriate to compare ODG’s devices to HoloLens.

R8 and R9 are basesd on the Snapdragon 835 processors, which are positioned by Qualcomm as a great solution for augmented and virtual reality. The bet is on Snapdragon VR SDK that works with positional tracking, which was presented last year with the engineering exhibit of headgear from Qualcomm and could impress the experienced public. Both devices received two OLED displays with 1080p resolution at 80 Hz. The devices use ReticleOS based on Android: it can launch all regular Android apps, and the manufacturer is working with partners on software specifically tailored for the smartglasses.




The input on both devices is done by buttons and touchpads. They can also connect to smartphones and Bluetooth-accessories like keyboards and positional tracking sensors with a special app.

The more expensive R9 are a little bit heavier than R8, have a 50 degree wider FOV, and are mostly aimed at corporations and developers. Their key feature is a special extension port above the “rim”, to which various modules can be connected — for example, for night vision, gesture control, or ultraviolet vision. The glasses also have 13 MP camera, which can capture video at 120 FPS. The release of  R9 is due in Q2, 2017.

The limit of 40 degrees FOV in R8 is compensated by the stereocamera which captures 3D video that is absent in the elder model, in other ways the devices are similar. This device will be sold in Q3, 2017.

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Source: Road to VR


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