Heavy Industry Smartglasses Certified for Hazardous Locations

ODG’s R-7HL smartglasses bring wearable computing to extreme environments.

(Image courtesy of ODG.)

(Image courtesy of ODG.)

ODG (Osterhout Design Group), a developer and manufacturer of smartglasses integrating augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies, has announced the release of R-7HL (“Hazardous Location”), a ruggedized enhancement of ODG’s existing R-7.

Customers will be able to order R-7HL for USD $3,500 from the company website or an ODG-approved reseller via ODG’s ReticleConnect partner program. R-7HL will begin shipping by the end of the second quarter.

“ODG built the R-7HL to answer the demands and needs of customers who operate in extreme environments,” said Ralph Osterhout, ODG CEO. “R-7HL brings a durable, hands-free, wearable computing platform to professionals in oil exploration and production, energy, mining, utilities, chemical production and pharmaceuticals…”

The smartglasses enable heads-up checklists, guided assistance tools and manuals, remote assistance support and the delivery of real time notifications and alerts.

R-7HL is built with reinforced and protective goggle-like eye housing; Military Standard 810G certification for drop, shock, vibration, low pressure and temperature extremes; and ANSI Z87.1 dustproof and splashproof certification.

(Image courtesy of ODG.)

(Image courtesy of ODG.)

“As with the smartphone, the demand is there for robust and rugged devices that can aid productivity, but the benefit with smartglasses is that your hands are free and your head is up, bringing even greater efficiencies and safety protection,” said Mike Jude, research manager for Frost & Sullivan.

“We have had the opportunity to review the ODG R-7 and were very impressed with its capabilities. The new R-7HL offers the R-7’s capabilities in a new hardened package perfect for extreme environments.”

For more information, visit the ODG website.