There’s usually a lot of crazy gadgets and gizmos at CES 2017, but these ones are definitely worth a note. They’re called the ODG (Osterhout Design Group) R-8 and R-9, and they offer users an AR experience similar to Microsft HoloLens for way less money and in a slimmer package.
For starters, the R-8 runs on a Snapdragon 835 processor (one of the first devices to do so) specifically tuned for AR, a 40-degree field of view is present for viewing content, the display features a 720p resolution, and the whole package weighs just 4.5 ounces. What’s more, a custom operating system called Reticle OS based on Android Nougat comes pre-loaded, while the company says the smartglasses can be used for various operations such as GPS navigation, web browsing, emailing, watching movies on a larger screen, and even for educational purposes, specifically to learn more about space and exploring the planets around us. They’re even teaming up with 21st Century Fox’s Innovation Lab to create 3D AR experiences such as one based on the popular sci-fi franchise Alien.
In addition, two cameras with 1080p video capture are mounted to the R-8 so you can conveniently record moments during the day with the press of a button.
Stepping things up, the R-9 features a wider 50-degree view, the same Snapdragon 835 chipset, Nougat-based Reticle OS, and a 1080p display resolution. The cameras on this model come in at 13MP and can shoot up to 4K video, while this variant weighs in at a slightly heavier 6.5 ounces.
Adding a unique factor to the R-9 is the inclusion of a special extension port which allows developers and companies to build their own add-ons for the smartglasses and fine tune the experience to their needs. Think of it as the pins on the back of the Moto Z for connecting Moto Mods.
Regarding pricing, the R-8 will be targeted toward consumers and those eager to get their hands on a unit by costing less than $1,000. The R-9 will take a step further and target business users for around $1,800. The first units, specifically for developers, will begin shipping in Q2 of 2017. Let us know your thoughts on these AR goggles in the comments below.