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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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