On the heels of its $58 million backing announced on Dec. 2016 – the largest Series A investment in wearable, augmented and virtual reality consumer technology history – Osterhout Design Group (ODG) has unveiled newest mixed reality smartglasses. The R-9, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, has the ability to overlay both augmented and virtual reality images.
Similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens, the R-9 mixed augmented reality/virtual reality headset is action-packed with top-of-the-line features that include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, built-in GPS, six degrees of freedom tracking, and integrated directional microphones. Armed with a 13-megapixel camera, R-9 can record 4K at up to 60 fps and 1080p up to 120 fps.
Winners of three CES 2017 Innovation Award categories, ODG built the R-9 smartglasses on the company’s highly intuitive Project Horizon platform. With a mission to “pioneer glasses to the masses that play movies with cinematic clarity, drop you inside immersive 3D interactive experiences,” ODG is poised to revolutionize the wearable tech industry.
With a list of investors that include 21st Century Fox, Shenzhen O-film Tech Co, Ltd., and Vanfund Urban Investment & Development Co., Ltd., there seems to be a cinematic application to ODG’s newest AR/VR technology. R-9’s 50-degree field of view (FOV) and 1080p resolution is far superior to its R-8 predecessor (40-degree FOV and 720p resolution).
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, considered to be the most efficient mobile processor on the market, is instrumental in “reducing the lag between motion tracking and what you see on the screen, lowering the chances of triggering motion sickness,” according to Qualcomm’s most recent blog post. From reducing the lag time to improving the positioning audio, the Snapdragon 835 processing chip enhances the fully immersive AR/VR experience.
ODG’s Project Horizon is an open SDK platform for mobile AR/VR and smartglass applications. Hoping to “reveal new worlds of invention and productivity,” the R-9 smartglasses are designed for enterprise use whereas the R-8 is meant for consumer gaming.
With an estimated ship date set for Q2 of 2017, CEO Ralph Osterhout and his team at ODG have the backing needed to send its disruptive wearable technology to market. Armed with a sophisticated development platform, the R-9 should introduce new AR/VR innovation to both consumers and enterprises.