Sep 28, 2015
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Augmented reality applications have found their way to consumers, helping users see what their living room would look like with new furniture and turning the humdrum subway commute into a digital playground. Now, with the R-7 glasses, Osterhout Design Group (ODG) is enabling companies to deploy augmented reality in enterprise applications.
With applications in medicine, government, logistics and more, the R-7 smart glasses provide a customizable development platform with an array of powerful technologies designed for modern and future enterprises. ODG’s applications use augmented reality in an array of business operations—for example, providing an overlay map with arrows to guide workers through a warehouse, or help factory workers assemble an engine without having to rely on paper manuals.
Available for preorder now, the R-7 glasses are based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and have 64GB of storage, a 1300-mAH lithium-ion battery, and 3GB of PoP LP-DDR3 RAM. The glasses deliver dual 720p displays at 80 fps with an 80 percent see-through transmission, and have a built-in gyroscope, an accelerometer, a magnetometer with altitude, and humidity and ambient-light sensors.
That powerful technology foundation might be overkill for just finding coffee—unless you’re looking for a fresh latte in the vacuum of space. NASA recently announced a collaboration with ODG to provide the company with augmented and virtual reality technology applications for both terrestrial-and space-based projects. The glasses will serve as a tool for astronauts, engineers, and developers to add virtual layers on top of a real-time display that’s able to deliver even in one of the harshest physical environments.
The R-7 Smart Glasses boast a high degree of versatility, with Bluetooth 4.1, Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Qualcomm IZat location services, and a suite of external products that can be connected to the device. The glasses also have a camera capable of delivering high-quality video (1080p at 60 fps or 720p at 120 fps) and user-facing and environment-facing digital microphones. And not least, they can be fitted with corrective lenses—perhaps the most useful customization.
The product’s value for enterprise-level applications doesn’t just come from the array of Snapdragon-powered capabilities and performance. Since the R-7 is built on the Qualcomm Vuforia Software Development Kit (SDK), customers have unprecedented options for customization—enterprises looking to equip employees with a device that can train them to assemble complex technical products faster and more efficiently, for example, can do that with the R-7 glasses.
Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm VIVE and Qualcomm IZat are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.. Qualcomm Vuforia is a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc.