CES 2016: 21st Century Fox Eyes VR Glasses

21st Century Fox has acquired a minority stake in virtual reality smart glasses designer and manufacturer Osterhout Design Group (ODG).

The company is showing its latest iteration of the R-7 augmented reality glasses at the CES show in Las Vegas this week at a price point—almost $3,000—that is currently designed for industrial rather than consumer applications, but is looking to break into the consumer market at a lower price point.

Now 21st Century Fox will be looking to boost that effort to take its 3D, HD screen glasses—billed as a 65-inch screen that goes anywhere—to the entertainment market.

21st Century will become the chief outside investor and will provide entertainment content to a "strategic partnership."

“The power of virtual and augmented reality enables us to deliver on our longstanding commitment to bring audiences exciting new creative experiences fueled by next generation technologies,” said Jim Gianopulos, chairman of 20th Century Fox Film, in a statement. "Our agreement with ODG underscores the innovation we are bringing to market through our Fox Innovation Lab, most recently with VR experiences for The Martian and Wild," he added. "We look forward to partnering with ODG and serving as its lead outside investor as the ODG team pushes the film experience into the future with its high-definition, cinema-wide field of view technology.”

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.