ODG Announces R-6 and R-7 Smartglasses

Source: Osterhout Design Group

Augmented Reality – The Osterhout Design Group (ODG) was in the news some time ago for selling augmented reality related IP to Microsoft. Whoever thought that this was a way for ODG to get out of AR and try to recoup its investment in augmented reality headset development, was plain wrong.

ODG has announced two new augmented reality headsets the R-6 and the R-7. Both devices look the same but have differences in the underlying processor technology and software.

Source: Osterhout Design Group

Both smartglasses are standalone devices with Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi connectivity. The optical part is the same for both models with stereoscopic 720p see-through displays and a 720p camera for taking pictures and video. Since the models run on different processors, there is a difference in the frame rate that both the display and camera can achieve. While the R-6 runs on a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, the R-7 model uses a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon processor. This allows a frame rate of 100 Hz for the camera and display compared to 60Hz in the R-6.

Both models run on Android but the R-7 model adds the Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear from Qualcomm. There is no word on availability or price for either model, but you may contact ODG directly for more information. – Norbert Hildebrand