ODG Consumer smart glasses

ODG Aims To Launch These Android Powered Smart Glasses This Year For Under $1K

January 15, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Google Glass hasn’t been the only device on the market in its category for a while now, with varied selections of similar products geared towards both consumers and military/industrial and businesses for most of last year. Another company called ODG(Osterhout Design Group)is setting a goal to bring a consumer set of smart glasses to market by the end of 2015, and with targeted prices for less than a $1,000 as stated on the company’s website, which leads us to believe they may have more than one variation of the consumer model. During a demo with Tech Crunch the VP of ODG, Nima Shams, highlighted details about the consumer set of smart glasses like their vision for bringing a tablet-like experience to a pair of glasses, which is why they have developed these with Android, and layered it with their own home baked software called Reticle OS.

The glasses are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and are fitted with dual stereoscopic HD displays carrying 720p resolution, and to keep it going of course, it has integrated batteries that can be recharged when the glasses start to die. It’s also equipped with a 5MP camera, albeit directly in the middle of the frame just above your nose bridge instead of off to the side like on Google Glass. Another cool detail we learned of is that these things will be running Android Lollipop when they launch according to ODG, so everything will be up to date as far as the software version is concerned when these get put out for consumer purchase.

ODG has fitted the components evenly across the entire design frame, which is great so it shouldn’t feel too weighted or heavy on one side as opposed to the other. The batteries actually sit on the side while the CPU and hard drive sit up front with the camera. These consumer model specs are also fitted with WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth, which makes the prospect of linking up a Bluetooth keyboard all the more exciting. just imagine typing up whatever you need to from a real set of keys while everything that’s getting typed is being relayed right in front of you through the lenses. It’s a pretty cool notion we’d say. These glasses are said to weigh just about 125 grams just in case you were wondering about the weight. We may not see these till the end of the year, but would you be more inclined to buy something like these over some of the other devices we’ve seen in this market so far?