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Hands-on with the ODG R-8 and R-9 Smartglasses - the first devices with the Snapdragon 835 CPU

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Hands-on with the ODG R-8 and R-9 Smartglasses - the first devices with the Snapdragon 835 CPU
The same day that Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 835 at CES 2017, Osterhout Design Group, also known as ODG, announced two new devices that expand their wide offerings of mixed virtual and augmented reality smartglasses.

The R-8 and R-9 are designed with consumer and commercial markets respectively. What ODG has done to set these devices apart is bring together content partners as they develop their equipment, this year announcing collaboration with 21th Century Fox to create headworn experiences drawn from existing smartphone applications.

In addition to being equipped with the new Snapdragon 835, the R-8 and R-9 also leverage Qualcomm’s VR SDK. With that, ODG has been able to attract over 300,000 developers who have created more than 35,000 AR applications for the existing portfolio of devices.

R-9 Smartglasses

For the commercial targeted R-9, the field of view is 50-degrees with 1080p resolution. There is a 13-megapixel front facing camera, capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames-per-second, or 1080p video at 120 frames-per-second. There are two speakers positioned near the ears, and there is 128GB of storage. Units will begin shipping in the second quarter this year with a price tag of roughly $1,800.

R-8 Smartglasses

The consumer oriented R-8 has the same overall insides with the high-end Snapdragon 835, but with dialed back resolution of 720p, a 40-degree field of view, and 64GB of storage. However, the R-8 is equipped with dual 1080p resolution stereo cameras. The R-8 will be shipping to developers in the second half of this year, and will be priced under $1,000.

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posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:13 2

1. cleatglitch (Posts: 127; Member since: 25 May 2013)

yo jordi....come here...look wat they got

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:26 5

2. sabretigger (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)

Finally I can watch porn with some privacy

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:30 5

3. Joms_US (Posts: 194; Member since: 02 Oct 2016)

And you will get instant hair dryer with those vents on top.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:40 1

4. Settings (Posts: 2333; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Better put those SDs in dolls to make them...heat up. Eh? Get it? Heat up? Lol. Im not on 9gag am I?

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 22:41 1

5. Klinton (Posts: 791; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)

Well, I don't think that the Oculus type of solution by putting smartphones in VR set(like Gear VR) is the future. That needs unnecessarily high resolution on the smartphones screens, power, and weight .
Should be some lighter 'glass' solution, with different type of view exposure(not stand alone device though, like HTC), connected with the smartphone with cable(for now) and to take all the data from the smartphones.
Smartphones should be equipped with two high tech cameras(front and back) to make 360 videos and pictures.
I know I'm dreaming , but hope it will be soon.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 00:07 1

6. jack123 (Posts: 258; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

I just curious, is it safe or not? It shouldn't explode right!

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 01:26

7. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3371; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

When smartglasses get more compact I will get a pair, until then I will pass.

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 10:17

8. adecvat (Posts: 321; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

What about battery?

posted on 05 Jan 2017, 03:51

9. AlikMalix (unregistered)

I get that the tech is still evolving, but with it is possible today to conceal that front camera a bit more, right?

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