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Osterhout Design Group launches new smart glasses as company bridges consumer, industrial applications

January 4, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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ODG is raising its profile with smart glasses aimed at consumers at CES 2017, but the real use cases reside with enterprises and government. We spoke with Pete Jameson, ODG's operating chief.

Osterhout Design Group recently raised $58 million with a plan to expand its smart glasses and augmented reality footprint from government and enterprise customers to consumers. At the Consumer Electronics Show, ODG made good on its expansion plans as it unveiled its R-8 and R-9 smart glasses.

At CES 2017, ODG highlighted how its new smart glasses are designed to complement existing devices, provide augmented reality experiences and 3D interfaces for gaming. Specifically, ODG introduced the R-8 and R-9, two smart glass devices designed to bridge work and consumer applications. The R-8 will access familiar phone apps on a private screen that floats in your view. There are also augmented reality and virtual reality uses. ODG's bet is that headworn devices will replace other screens, but for now smart glasses will be worn and removed frequently.

The R-9 has a 50 degree field of view and a 1080p platform. The R-9 is designed for prosumer and light enterprise uses. ODG's headsets are aimed at bringing entertainment and work uses. The ODG smart glasses land as Lenovo entered the fray earlier on Tuesday.

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