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ODG R-6S Glasses: next-gen digital eyewear for virtual and augmented reality

Oct 23, 2014

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Osterhout Design Group (ODG) recently announced the ODG R-6S Glasses system, an augmented reality (AR) head-worn computing technology.

At the heart of this innovative computing system is a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor, with an integrated Adreno™ 420 GPU for stunning graphics and a power optimized DSP for advanced camera processing. All this combined with ODG’s proprietary electro-optic, computing, sensor and power system creates a truly immersive 3D stereoscopic experience. Think seamless and real-time overlay of photorealistic graphics, video and annotations right before your eyes.

The ODG R-6S Glasses have a see-through “heads up” display resolution of 720p at 100 frames per second, and runs on ReticleOS, a version of Android 4.4.3 (KitKat) optimized for head-worn computing. The potential for this type of technology is only just beginning to be realized thanks to the Qualcomm® Vuforia™ Software Development Kit (SDK) for Digital Eyewear (VDE), which provides developers with powerful tools for creating and optimizing virtual or augmented reality applications for a new generation of digital eyewear.

To make the most of these sophisticated graphics and video capabilities, the ODG R-6S glasses also use the cutting-edge Qualcomm® VIVE™ 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies designed for glitch-free video streaming and high-speed Web connections.

For now the ODG R-6S, which is expected to begin shipping in late 2015, will be mostly used in government and industrial applications where having a dynamic graphical overlay of information would be most helpful. For example, a mechanic wearing the ODG R-6S could pull up the exact design of an engine and follow detailed instructions on how to repair it, without needing to switch back and forth between the work and a repair manual, even if they had never worked on one like it before. Or consider the benefit to emergency first-responders who would have access to a user’s precise location or a dynamic feed of situational information, thanks to Qualcomm® IZat™ location technology.

In the same way, consumer applications could range from virtual hands-on education to immersive gaming experiences. Now, with applications being accepted for Vuforia SDK for VDE Beta Programs, it will be up to the imaginations of software developers around the world to unlock the potential of powerful next-generation technologies like the ODG R-6S Glasses. We’re very excited to see what they create.

Qualcomm Vuforia is a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. Qualcomm VIVE and Qualcomm IZat are products of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

*This post has been updated to reflect the device name change, from ODG R-7 to ODG R-6S.

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