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Smart 'glasses for the masses' debut at CES

12 Jan, 2017 09:00 am

A new range of smart glasses were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, heralding an effort to push the technology mainstream both for industrial and leisure users.

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The new designs, produced by Osterhout Design Group (ODG) seek to  help bridge the gap between virtual reality and augmented reality computing platforms and mobile devices.

Smart eyewear will contribute to wearables' skyrocketing growth, as the market is set to surge from 2.3 million units in 2015 to 66.4 million units by 2021, according to analyst firm Tractica.

ODG, which also creates wearables for the US military, released the R-8 augmented/virtual reality smart glasses designed for leisure users - dubbed "glasses for the masses" by ODG CEO Ralph Osterhout, with prices starting at just under $1,000.

Meanwhile the more expensive R-9 version is aimed at enterprise users, particularly those in the aerospace, energy, logistics, and medical sectors.

Read more on TechRepublic

Eyewear is emerging as a viable virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) computing platform for enterprise applications.
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