This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) made it abundantly clear that last year’s obsession with mixed reality devices was here to stay. One sign of that could be seen at the ODG stand in the form of two pairs of MR glasses equipped with Snapdragon’s latest chipset #realitymagic
ODG (Osterhout Design Group) debuted smart glasses that support both augmented reality content and virtual reality applications. The two wearables are called R-8 and R-9, indicating the continuity of their line of smart glasses. In case you didn’t know, last year ODG R-7 headset was improved with the capability of running Pokemon Go. The possibility of playing the game hands-free attracted many customers which just boosted the company’s confidence for their products.
This year, their glasses are seen as the most powerful on the market thanks to the Snapdragon 835 addition. The new chip reduces the lag between motion tracking and visuals, not just improving the whole experience but helping users with motion sickness enjoy themselves. Plus, the enhanced positional audio adds more realism to the story told. R-8 and R-9 are also expected to support PTC’s Vuforia, the most widely used AR platform for developers.
The R-8 is more consumer-friendly, offering a 720p resolution and 40-degree FOV, at under $1,000. The R-9, targeted at companies, comes with 1080p resolution and 50-degree FOV, so it will retail for the rumored price of $,1799. There’s no established released date, though.