ODG R-8 and R-9 smartglasses announced with Snapdragon 835 processors

While many are still geeking out over the current PC VR headsets from HTC and Vive, a company called Osterhout Design Group (ODG) wants to bring both VR and AR experiences to a smaller form factor. Today, as part of the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show, ODG revealed its upcoming ODG R-8 and R-9 smartglasses, both of which will have the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

Both devices are using the Recticle OS, a version of Android 7.0 Nougat, as the basis for its software apps. ODG says that they can be used in AR experiences to watch videos, play games, or read books and news articles.   The company will be demoing these kinds of apps with the smartglasses at CES 2017 including one based on 20th Century Fox’s Alien movie franchise.

The ODG R-9, shown above, is the higher-end version of the two smartglasses. It has a 50-degree field of view and 1080p displays, along with 128GB of storage. It will go on sale sometime in the second quarter for $1,799. The ODG R-8 smartglass will weigh less than the R-9, but will have lower-end 720p displays and only a 40-degree field of view, along with 64GB of storage. Developer units will ship in the second half of 2017. There’s no word on when the consumer version will launch, but the company says it will be priced somewhere below $1,000.


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