Osterhout Design Group packs a ton of cool tech into next-generation augmented-reality smartglasses

Osterhout Design Group is unveiling its R-6S augmented-reality smartglasses today as it aims to transfer an expensive technology developed for the military into the consumer wearables market.
The San Francisco company spent six years and $60 million refining its military technology for the consumer market, and it’s finally ready to show off its R-6S smartglasses at next week’s 2015 International CES tech trade show in Las Vegas. The device packs a lot of tech, and ODG execs hope it will be perceived as a next-generation product. ODG will have lots of competition at CES, and its challenge will be in making a $5,000 technology available for under $1,000.
The glasses weigh just five ounces and look like a pair of heavy sunglasses. I had a good look at them under ideal conditions at ODG’s offices in San Francisco, and it was a cool experience. You can see the world around you through the transparent lenses, but you can also view images on the surface of the inside of the glasses as if you were viewing a 720p high-definition TV. ODG has been shipping its R-6 smartglasses for 18 months, it is showing off the R-6S next week, and it hasn’t yet named the consumer prototype coming this year.
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