Coming up with your personal VR device is kind of a given for most ICT companies these days, but how about a personal theater headset? If you’re in the market for that, you might want to check out Avegant’s Glyph, as it starts shipping next month.
- The device has just been put up for sale on the company’s website for $699
- The Kickstarter campaign gathered $1.5 million since January 2014
- The Glyph also has head-tracking, allowing for 360 degree experiences
- The creators describe the product as a personal theater headset instead of a virtual reality headset
- Instead of using a screen, the Glyph projects the images directly to your eyeballs
People didn’t really know what to think about Avegant’s Glyph when it first appeared on Kickstarter, as it appeared to be just another virtual reality headset. And with Oculus, Gear VR, and so many others already being developed, not many were initially interested in the device.
However, as the presentation became clearer, the Glyph started gathering more and more backers, eventually reaching and exceeding its goal, managing to raise over $1.5 million.
The catch behind the device is that it isn’t just another VR headset. The Glyph is a personal theater headset, designed to offer its users the best movie watching experience possible.
Without talking about the headphones, the device offers some truly remarkable breakthroughs in the area of video quality.
Instead of focusing on devising a screen for the device, the developers instead use two tiny projectors made out of 2 million micromirrors to project the image directly into your eye.
This technology, combined with the free range of adjustments to the lenses, offers a perfect movie watching experience, even to those with eyesight problems. Not even glasses have to be used along with the device, as you can adjust the projector’s settings to take them into account.
Unless you were an original backer, the device is kind of expensive, coming in at $699, but as far as I’m concerned, if you can afford it, it’s totally worth the price. It’s perfect for watching movies on the go, and the micromirrors make even 3D movies comfortable to watch. Also, it can be used with pretty much any mobile device.
The only downside would be the short battery life, as it only lasts for about 4 or 5 hours. But that should be enough for any in-country flight.
The product is available on the company’s website, and it will become available on Amazon in March.
Oh, and I forgot to mention. The device looks you’re wearing your headphones over your eyes.
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