ODG’s New R-7HL Are the First Rugged Smartglasses Made Specifically for the Industrial Workforce


Story and images by Next Reality

Osterhout Design Group just announced the upcoming release of the newest addition to their smartglasses lineup, the R-7HL, short for R-7 Hazardous Location. ODG worked directly with customers who work in extreme environments to come up with a durable solution that fits their needs; These smartglasses can not only survive but function well in many areas that would otherwise be considered too harsh for augmented reality tech.

These new smartglasses are a redesign of the current ODG offering on the market, the R-7 smartglasses. The new ruggedized design, given a Military Standard 810G grade, adds a goggle-like framework to the R-7 design to give the wearer added layers of protection from chemical spills while offering all the benefits of a hands-free experience.


Christopher White, Vice President of Business Development at ODG, talked with me about their new rugged augmented reality headset, and explained that many of the new features add layers of intrinsic safety (IS)–a specification that applies to certain types of low voltage circuits to ensure that a device being used will not create a spark, setting off flammable gasses or create other potentially volatile situations. These are designed to be ideal for industries such as oil and gas, chemical production, and mining.

Continue Reading…

Filed Under: Telepresence

About the Author: Howard S. Lichtman is a productivity-focused technologist, author, and consultant with specialties in telepresence and visual collaboration to improve organizational and personal productivity. He is the founder and president of the Human Productivity Lab, an independent consultancy and research firm that helps organizations design telepresence strategies and deploy telepresence solutions. He is the publisher of Telepresence Options, the #1 website on the Internet covering the telepresence revolution and editor of the Telepresence Options Telegraph, the world's most widely read publication focused on telepresence technologies. Mr. Lichtman is also the author and/or co-author of The Inter-Company Telepresence and Videoconferencing Handbook (2009), The Telepresence and Videoconferencing Exchange Review(2010), Telepresence, Effective Visual Collaboration and the Future of Global Business at the Speed of Light (2006), and Emerging Technologies for Teleconferencing and Telepresence (2005). He is currently working on Telepresence Options 2010 Yearbook. Mr. Lichtman is a frequent commentator on telepresence, videoconferencing and effective visual collaboration and his writings on and analysis of the industry have been featured by US News and World Report, Telephony Magazine, CXO Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Reuters, Pro AV Magazine, Killer App Magazine, ABA Banking Journal, Bank Systems and Technology Magazine and CFO Magazine among others.

RSSComments (10)

Leave a Reply | Trackback URL

  1. lacoste polo says:

    I would like to express some thanks to you for rescuing me from this challenge. After surfing through the world wide web and meeting methods which are not powerful, I assumed my entire life was gone. Living minus the answers to the issues you’ve sorted out by means of your good write-up is a serious case, as well as the kind which might have badly affected my career if I had not encountered your web page. Your own understanding and kindness in touching all areas was important. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I had not come across such a step like this. I am able to now look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot so much for the professional and effective guide. I will not be reluctant to recommend your web blog to any person who would like support about this matter.

  2. I simply wanted to develop a brief note in order to appreciate you for some of the precious pointers you are placing at this site. My considerable internet look up has finally been honored with useful know-how to go over with my two friends. I ‘d suppose that many of us readers actually are definitely fortunate to dwell in a good website with many brilliant individuals with very beneficial techniques. I feel truly lucky to have seen your web site and look forward to really more fabulous times reading here. Thank you once again for a lot of things.

  3. yeezy boost says:

    Needed to write you this bit of note so as to give thanks as before for your personal awesome advice you have featured above. This has been really pretty open-handed with people like you to supply without restraint precisely what a number of people could possibly have marketed for an electronic book to help with making some bucks for their own end, even more so considering that you could have tried it if you decided. These ideas likewise acted like a great way to know that other individuals have similar dream like my own to realize much more on the subject of this issue. I am certain there are millions of more pleasant opportunities ahead for those who look into your site.

  4. My wife and i ended up being quite thankful when John managed to do his researching by way of the precious recommendations he gained from your own weblog. It’s not at all simplistic to just always be freely giving things men and women could have been selling. And we also keep in mind we’ve got you to appreciate for this. The type of illustrations you’ve made, the easy website menu, the relationships you make it possible to create – it is many superb, and it’s really letting our son in addition to the family do think the idea is pleasurable, which is certainly quite important. Many thanks for the whole thing!

  5. I am writing to let you know what a fine encounter my cousin’s child enjoyed going through yuor web blog. She noticed some issues, not to mention what it is like to possess an incredible teaching nature to have the others with no trouble thoroughly grasp some tricky things. You undoubtedly exceeded her expectations. Thanks for displaying the insightful, trustworthy, revealing and in addition cool guidance on this topic to Janet.

  6. yeezy boost says:

    I as well as my guys came checking out the best key points on your site and then the sudden developed an awful feeling I never expressed respect to you for them. The men are already absolutely thrilled to see all of them and have in effect absolutely been having fun with these things. Thanks for genuinely quite kind and then for finding variety of impressive subjects most people are really desperate to understand about. My very own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

  7. I and my friends appeared to be checking the good helpful hints located on your web page and so suddenly developed a terrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to the site owner for those tips. Most of the people are actually for that reason happy to read through all of them and have surely been having fun with them. Appreciate your simply being very accommodating and also for selecting varieties of cool guides millions of individuals are really wanting to be informed on. My sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to earlier.

  8. After examine a couple of of the blog posts in your web site now, and I truly like your approach of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site list and shall be checking back soon. Pls check out my site as effectively and let me know what you think.

  9. yeezy boost says:

    I simply desired to say thanks once again. I am not sure the things I might have followed without these strategies shared by you concerning my area. It previously was a hard setting for me, but being able to view a skilled tactic you handled it made me to weep for contentment. I am thankful for your support and wish you really know what a great job you have been accomplishing educating other individuals by way of your websites. I am certain you’ve never come across all of us.

  10. A lot of thanks for all of your labor on this website. Kate loves carrying out research and it is easy to understand why. We all know all of the powerful form you create precious information through this website and in addition attract response from other ones on that issue so our own child is actually understanding a whole lot. Have fun with the rest of the new year. You’re the one performing a stunning job.

Leave a Reply

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.