The Next Mobile Computing Platform: A Pair Of Sunglasses

Osterhout Design Group (ODG), just raised $58 million to turn its successful R-7 Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) for enterprise into a $1,000 consumer product (the R-8) that will have all the functionality of an Android smartphone, and more. The unit comes packaged with nifty “ring controller” (aka an “air mouse”) for subtle hand gestures — swiping, clicking and typing, as well as the option for a Bluetooth keyboard or phone app. The ODG HMD also has a 50-degree field of view and can show cinema quality video that is equivalent to a 90″ high-def TV seen from 10 feet away.

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