Glyph: Beam Movies Directly on to Your Retinas

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The Avegant Glyph is a headset that is due to be released sometime this year. Avegant Glyph is a new pair of smart glasses, which is a “mobile personal theater” that can display almost anything from your media library – this includes movies you already own, netflix, and other media on your PC/Mac. Avegant Glyph can literally connect to anything that has a screen and a HDMI port. So, this headset really isn’t limited to a specific type of app like Google Glass™ and other smart glasses are.

Display

This headset features a pretty unique display. The Glyph has a Virtual Retinal Display that uses 2 million micromirrors to reflect a lifelike image directly onto your eyes. The display also has some LEDs that mimics natural light so that there isn’t much eye strain. When you are looking into the device it’s like viewing an 80 inch that is 8 feet away.

According to the Kickstarter page, this technology is safe and doesn’t cause nausea or disorientation.

Here are the complete specifications:

  • Display: Micromirror Array
  • Resolution: WXGA (1280 x 720) per eye
  • Contrast Ratio: >1000:1
  • Pixels: 1,843,200
  • Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Field of View: 45°

Audio

You can’t advertise a device as a mobile personal theatre and not have great audio. The Glyph will come with premium stereo sound. The circular ear cups that go around your ears will be super comfy and made of leather. Also, the Glyph comes with noise canceling and a built-in microphone.

Here the full audio specs:

  • Premium Stereo
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20000 Hz
  • Dynamic Range: 115 dB
  • Microphone: Built-in
  • Connectivity: wired over HDMI or TRRS audio cable

Battery

According to the company, the device will be able to last through a 3 hour movie. It doesn’t seem like a lot compared to smart glasses/other headsets, but you got to keep in mind that this device is providing a theatre-like experience which going to suck up a lot of juice.

The Glyph will be charged with a standard micro USB cable. The device will supposedly be able to recharge in under 3 hours. Still, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to wait for a device to charge then no worries because you will be able to use it while it is charging.

Pricing

There doesn’t seem to be an official price listed anywhere since the product is still in beta. With that said, backers of the Kickstarter were able to get an Avegant Glyph beta device for $500. The $500 backing option is no longer available, but you can still get a Glyph Beta device with a bunch of coffee for $1000+.

Gaming and Virtual Reality

The device and its head tracking have already been tested in a gaming environment and apparently it works great. The Glyph is also great for virtual reality because of the high resolution and no screen-door effect.

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Final Thoughts

The Glyph seems like a pretty powerful headset, and I can definitely dig the Cyclops (X men) vibes the device gives off. The fact that this bad boy is able to display almost anything if pretty amazing as well. Personally, I can’t wait to see how this device improves after they get feedback from the beta users. And, hopefully it will not be too expensive once it gets out of beta because I would really like to pick one up for gaming reasons – the thought of playing an FPS with a device like the Glyph sounds pretty cool to me.

What are your thoughts about this headset? Would you ever find yourself using one or buying one?

You can learn more about Glyph on its Kickstarter page.