Consumer Oriented AR Smart Glasses On The Way

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Osterhout Design Group, maker of the R-6 Smart Glass product for government and industrial use, have announced plans to make a consumer-oriented version which would cost less than $1,000. ODG’s current offering features military-grade technology with 3D optics running on a custom operating system atop Android Jelly Bean – but costs upwards of $5,000.

At CES 2015, ODG showed off a prototype based on the R-6 series and modeled after the Wayfarer brand of sunglasses. This consumer version is set to offer similar functionality to the R-6 family and is designed to weigh under 125 grams. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapgradong 805 processor and using Qualcomm’s Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear, these consumer smart glasses will feature:

  • HD, stereoscopic, dual displays
  • High transparency optics
  • Fully-integrated electro-optic design
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS location
  • Integrated, rechargeable batteries
  • Magnetic connector cable for USB, recharging and extended duration
  • 9-axis IMU: 3x Gyroscope, 3x Magnetometer, 3x Accelerometer
  • High speed, auto focus camera
  • Magnetic connected Stereo audio
  • Android™ and Reticle OS™

ODG has been developing AR smart glasses for six years and are excited to released a sleeker and lighter style for general consumers.

“Consumers today are very sophisticated and have come to expect a high degree of utility and entertainment from their technology,” said Pete Jameson, COO of Osterhout Design Group. “Our intention is to deliver a state-of-the-art system in a consumer-friendly form that you can wear to do specific things your laptop, phone or tablet can’t, such as work privately on an airplane or train, watch 3D movies on a large screen in bright sunlight, play interactive 3D games, or obtain heads-up line-of-sight directions or instructions while keeping your hands free and your eyes engaged in your environment.”

ODG’s Smart Glasses system allow both see-thru and fully immersive functionality, and are fully-integrated meaning you don’t need to be connected to a computer or phone in order to use them. The glasses do feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to allow users to pair keyboards, mice, and phones if they desire for added functionality.

Check out the Consumer Smart Glasses in action in the video below.

With the future of Google Glass up in the air, it’s nice to see some other options coming out with the end consumer in mind. ODG’s consumer smart glasses are expected to to be released this year. How much are you willing to spend on a pair of smart glasses? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: Osterhout Group
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