ODG (Osterhout Design Group) has announced the R–8 and R–9, two new models of their R–series VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) smart glasses, which have an improved field of view, display, processor, and are less expensive compared to the older models. ODG calls these new models the “Consumer AR Smartglasses”.
The R–8 has a field of view (FOV) of 40 degrees and is priced at $1,000 and the R–9 has a FOV of 50 degrees with a price of $1,800. While these models are still expensive, they are much cheaper than the R–7 which was priced at $2,750. Both models have the new mobile processor Snapdragon 835, dual 1080p OLED displays, run ODG’s Android-based ReticleOS, and improved positional tracking. These new models are a huge step forward to consumer available AR/VR devices, though the R–9 is a tad heavier (weighing at around 6 ounces) than the R–8 (weighing at about 4 ounces) and is aimed more towards developers and the like. One thing the R–9 doesn’t have that the R–8 does is a 1080p stereo camera pair capable of recording 3D video.
Both models will be getting development kits with the R–9 kits shipping out in the 2nd Quarter of 2017 and the R–8 development kits in Quarter 3 of 2017. The company plans to reduce the price of the R–8 and R–9 along with other future R–series models as time goes on since the goal is consumer adoption.