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ODG's New R-7HL Are the First Rugged Smartglasses Made Specifically for the Industrial Workforce

April 5, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Next Reality

Osterhout Design Group just announced the upcoming release of the newest addition to their smartglasses lineup, the R-7HL, short for R-7 Hazardous Location. ODG worked directly with customers who work in extreme environments to come up with a durable solution that fits their needs; These smartglasses can not only survive but function well in many areas that would otherwise be considered too harsh for augmented reality tech.

These new smartglasses are a redesign of the current ODG offering on the market, the R-7 smartglasses. The new ruggedized design, given a Military Standard 810G grade, adds a goggle-like framework to the R-7 design to give the wearer added layers of protection from chemical spills while offering all the benefits of a hands-free experience.


Christopher White, Vice President of Business Development at ODG, talked with me about their new rugged augmented reality headset, and explained that many of the new features add layers of intrinsic safety (IS)--a specification that applies to certain types of low voltage circuits to ensure that a device being used will not create a spark, setting off flammable gasses or create other potentially volatile situations. These are designed to be ideal for industries such as oil and gas, chemical production, and mining.

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