ANN ARBOR, Mich. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After years of development and research, Avegant is proud to release the beta consumer concept of the Virtual Retinal Display now called Glyph™.
The Glyph™ headset integrates a brilliant, vivid video display and premium audio experience in a unique flip-down form factor. Prototypes of the Glyph™ Beta are currently assembled and tested and will be featured at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2014. Consumer units will be available by Kickstarter on January 22 for $499 and will ship later in the year.
Key to the innovative nature of Glyph™ is its optical engine called a Virtual Retinal Display. Using a low powered LED, a series of custom optics and a micromirror array, the visuals produced by the headset are crisper and brighter than those from conventional display technologies. This creates an environment perfect for media consumption from 3D movies to desktop environments to streamed television shows. Integrated head tracking allows for immersive, responsive gaming that is compatible with all of the latest consoles and games.
"We've created a premium media experience that people can use with music, movies and games on any device they already own, including their smart phone. Integrating high-end audio with the Glyph™ and packaging it into a forward-thinking design is critical to a great experience "said Allan Evans, CTO of Avegant.
"Avegant has made some great progress improving core technology that will make generalized virtual worlds possible," added Phillip Rosedale, creator of Second Life.
Avegant plans to unveil Glyph™ Beta headsets to the public and media at CES on January 6. The headset will make its first public appearance at NBCUniversal cable network Syfy's CES 2014 event "Who Will Take Your Brand Into the Future?", part of VivaKi/Publicis Groupe's "Bright Lights, Big Ideas" CES initiative.
Said Michael Engleman, EVP Marketing, Digital and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy, "We're excited about featuring Avegant to debut the Glyph™ at our CES event. It's an extremely innovative product that perfectly demonstrates the next wave of how consumers, and more specifically our audience of Igniters, experience immersive entertainment."
Media and public interested in demoing the Glyph™ at CES can register their interest at avegant.com/ces.
A Kickstarter campaign around Glyph™ will commence on January 22, 2014. The shipped version will have one HDMI/MHL cable, onboard battery power and a thinner, narrower display band than the Glyph™ Beta shown at CES. The presale price for Glyph™ will be set at $499 with ancillary incentives via the campaign.
Founded in 2012, Avegant is developing the Glyph™ Virtual Retinal Display based on patented technology developed by CTO Dr. Allan Evans. For more information see avegant.com or follow Avegant on Facebook or Twitter.