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Glyph is an Immersive Multimedia Headset from the Future

January 29, 2014  |  10:00am
Glyph is an Immersive Multimedia Headset from the Future

The aesthetic quality of entertainment is getting better and better, thanks to high definition picture and premium audio capabilities. What better way to enjoy such things than with your own mobile personal theater? That’s the thinking behind Michigan based firm Avegant and their invention, Glyph.

Glyph promises to be a device that is like something out of a sci-fi movie. Looking like a pair of headphones, it uses a Virtual Retinal Display to project images directly onto your retina, creating fantastic imagery and providing an all encompassing entertainment feast, no matter where you are. On your daily commute and in need of entertainment? Unlike something like the Oculus Rift, Glyph is meant to be worn out in public.

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It uses an HDMI input to display anything in your content library, from iTunes movies stored on your iPhone to streamed Netflix or even games from your Playstation or Xbox consoles. The picture quality is set to be sublime, offering high-resolution graphics like you’ve never seen before. It even offers support for head tracking in gaming as well as virtual reality.

Thanks to the one million micro mirrors in each eye piece, the Virtual Retinal Display is touted as being very safe, with little risk of eyestrain, nausea or disorientation. Impressively, it’ll even accommodate for those who wear glasses, meaning they don’t have to wear them at the same time. It’s complex technology, but it’s also very easy to use and portable too, weighing in at only 16oz.

Available as part of a Kickstarter campaign, Glyph has already surpassed its goal by a considerable amount. While the special Kickstarter editions of the device have sold out, there’s still plenty of time to get a regular beta device for $499. Those willing to pay a cool $9,999 can even enjoy a customized Glyph, all of their own creation. The campaign has until late February to run and looks set to offer a fascinating glimpse into the future.

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