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Optinvent Debuts AR Glasses, App Dev. Kit

San Francisco – Optinvent has introduced an alternative to Google Glass with its ORA-S augmented reality (AR) digital eyewear and is making its software developers kit (SDK) available immediately.

The platform runs the Android Jelly Bean OS and includes a large, high brightness display that is three times the size of Google Glass (85 inches at 15 feet, according to the company.) Its display is see-through and sits directly within the wearer’s field of view with a proprietary FlipVu technology that allows the wearer to switch from AR to Glance mode.

High brightness and ambient light sensors adjust the display’s brightness to suit the environment.

The ORA-S features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart connectivity, a front-facing camera, 9-axis motion sensor, an ambient light sensor, microphone, loudspeaker and runs on a lithium rechargeable battery.

The ORA-S is all plastic and ships complete with the SDK for app developers for $949.  A lighter, more streamlined consumer version is planned for mid-2014, the company said.