CES 2015: ODG’s Smart Glasses – the next step on the Augmented Reality journey

The Smart Eyewear category is expanding with state-of-the-art systems in a consumer-friendly form unveiled at 2015 International CES in the Augmented Reality Pavilion in the Sands Hallway.

Head worn computing and augmented reality (AR) in a form more readily adoptable by the everyday consumer came closer as Osterhout Design Group (ODG) unveiled a consumer-oriented version of its Smart Glasses system featuring new proprietary optical and electronic configurations that enable a sleeker, lighter style. ODG also unveiled a prototype device featuring this new system. Modeled on one of the most popular sunglasses styles in history, the Wayfarer, it weighs just 125 grams and delivers similar functions as ODG’s R-6 family of Smart Glasses for Government and Enterprise.

According to ODG, the company has spent six years developing AR Smart Glasses. ODG’s founder, Ralph Osterhout, was the designer of the PVS7 Night Vision Goggles and heads-up displays in scuba masks. The introduction of these Consumer glasses is a passion realized for him in the Smart Eyewear category

“Consumers today are very sophisticated and have come to expect a high degree of utility and entertainment from their technology,” said Pete Jameson, COO of Osterhout Design Group. “Our intention is to deliver a state-of-the-art system in a consumer-friendly form that you can wear to do specific things your laptop, phone or tablet can’t, such as work privately on an airplane or train, watch 3D movies on a large screen in bright sunlight, play interactive 3D games, or obtain heads-up line-of-sight directions or instructions while keeping your hands free and your eyes engaged in your environment.”

These new Smart Glasses allow users to do everything they do with a tablet, with 3D graphics overlaid and in a true, hands free format. Packed with positional sensors, the Glasses know where you are, where you’re looking, and how you’re moving, enabling precise AR and exciting VR experiences. ODG’s Reticle OS operating system uses Android and can easily run any existing Android-based application.