ODG’s VR Smartglasses

ODG’s VR Smartglasses

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 gla

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ODG (Osterhout Design Group) has announced the R8 and R9, two new models of their Rseries 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 R8 has a field of view (FOV) of 40 degrees and is priced at $1,000 and the R9 has a FOV of 50 degrees with a price of $1,800. While these models are still expensive, they are much cheaper than the R7 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 R9 is a tad heavier (weighing at around 6 ounces) than the R8 (weighing at about 4 ounces) and is aimed more towards developers and the like. One thing the R9 doesn’t have that the R8 does is a 1080p stereo camera pair capable of recording 3D video.   

Both models will be getting development kits with the R9 kits shipping out in the 2nd Quarter of 2017 and the R8 development kits in Quarter 3 of 2017. The company plans to reduce the price of the R8 and R9 along with other future Rseries models as time goes on since the goal is consumer adoption.