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

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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9 Comments

1. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

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

2. sabretigger

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Finally I can watch porn with some privacy

3. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

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

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

6. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

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

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

8. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

What about battery?

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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