Get used to seeing more people wearing headsets that transport them to a virtual world with the arrival of consumer virtual reality. The San Francisco-based company ODG disclosed its two latest products, the R-8 and R-9 smart glasses. The two products by Osterhaut Design Group are capable of a wide variety of virtual and augmented reality functions, including high-quality video for display and almost all the features offered by any high-end Android tablet.
Qualcomm and Snapdragon 835 latest processors will be available in last two quarter of 2017
The former (R-8) is aimed at “light” enterprise companies and early adopters and costs under $1,000. The latter (R-9) is targeted at commercial enterprises and will cost around $1,799. Both the latest and most powerful mobile processors of Qualcomm and the Snapdragon 835 will be available in the second half of 2017. For years, the ODG has been in the smart glasses business and its R-7 system has been adopted by many companies and is in use across a wide variety of industries, like automotive, mining, aerospace, oil and gas, health care, energy, warehousing, and others.
The company is planning to continue supporting and selling the R-7, which means that it will maintain three separate platforms for the first time and each platform will focus on a different target market. This is because each of its glasses provide a high-end and unique experience that is capable of displaying what appears to be a large HD-quality screen. The size of the screen depends on the model. ODG has attracted many partners and investors as well.
20th Century Fox has invested in the company in the United States and is also offering content based on its hit films. In addition to this, the company ODG has partnered with MIGU of China Mobile as well to introduce the devices in the country China.
Smart glasses to become the next mobile platform: Pete Jameson
Pete Jameson, the Chief operating officer of the company believes that smart glasses are going to become the next big mobile platform even when ODG is playing a long game. We are seeing the emergence of several new technologies as time passes, from wearable augmented reality devices such as the Meta 2, Magic Leap and HoloLens, to virtual reality devices. ODG says it is in the market with this product and unlike other devices (including the ones mentioned above), none of the R-9, R-8, or R-7 depend on being physically connected by cables or wires to any other computing devices. Instead, the smart glasses by ODG connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth LE.
The COO of the company said that connection via Bluetooth LE and not wires or cables is a significant differentiator because it means that the devices can be used and taken anywhere, in places where being physically tethered to a PC is not possible or in harsh environments, like in the rain, under a car, atop a utility pole and so on.