Osterhout Design Group (ODG, San Francisco, CA,USA) Introduced its last-generation AR glasses at the CES last week. The R-9 glasses are powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, and they run ODG’s Android Nougat 7.0-based Reticle OS. Like Microsoft HoloLens, they are fully stereoscopic and they have six-degree-of-freedom tracking, so they can place digital items in real space instead of just slapping a flat overlay across the world. The R-9 offer a 50°field of view, 1080p resolution, and a 13 Mpixel front-facing camera that can record 4K video. Watch the James Mackie video about ODG here under.
The biggest names in the VR industry, Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony and Acer have joined forces to create the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA) which aims to “unlock and maximize VR’s potential”.
While games bought in the Oculus store don’t play on the Vive or PS VR, sensors for the Vive don’t work on Oculuss Sony doesn’t play nice with anyone else’s standards, etc., the new GVRA don't include SteamVR and the like so the hope for a unified standard remains slim. However, GVRA’s members will develop and share best practices, conduct research, and bring the international VR community together as the technology progresses. The group will also serve a resource for consumers, policymakers, and industry interested in VR.
HKLA Studio has just released Okularion, the first standalone wireless mixed reality (virtual reality and augmented reality) headset on the market. Pre-order are possible on Kickstarter - This project will only be funded if at least $250,000 is pledged by .
Okularion is the first wireless mixed reality (VR & AR in one) headset that requires NO phone, NO computer, priced under $300 including two controllers. Video demo here under!
VR startup CryWorks is changing its name to Holor Media (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin, USA). The multi-disciplined 360/VR media company, now comprised of Holor Studios, Holor Labs and Holor.tv (coming soon), will focus on producing and distributing next generation content while continuing to invent tools enabling the VR/Media creators of the future. Watch their "Cannabis Prop 64" 360° video here under.
Today, Stereo Labs (San Francisco, CA, USA) is announcing a new developer kit for a product called “Linq.” It’s goal is to bring entertaining mixed reality experiences into your living room. Video demo here under!