If CES 2014 has any say, our eyes are the next frontier of wearables and display tech. Oculus Rift, Google Glass, and a raft of new augmented and projected-display products will all fight for your precious retinas. Count the Avegant Glyph in the mix, which launches its Kickstarter campaign on January 22.
Avegant's virtual retinal display technology has been covered by CNET before, but we've finally gotten a chance to try the latest alpha prototype of the Glyph headset in advance of the Kickstarter campaign. It's an intriguing, if mixed, experience.
The Glyph is intended as mobile … Read more
2014 may just be the year of virtual goggles. We already know about Oculus Rift, but Avegant, makers of the intriguing virtual retinal display technology demoed earlier this year, have unveiled Glyph, its own set of consumer goggles, which will be available to order on Kickstarter on January 22. But these goggles won't ship until "later in the year," and the starting price for this funky flip-down eye/headset is a lofty $499 -- not too terrible compared with the likes of Google Glass, but not exactly a casual investment.
What is a "virtual retinal display?&… Read more
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NEW YORK -- It's a jumbled tangle of wires sitting on the table, seemingly enough HDMI cables to wire up the home entertainment section of a Best Buy. A few splitter boxes and other miscellaneous attachments are arrayed in line. One end of this mess leads to a MacBook Air. On the other, something rather rarer: an oversized pair of prototype glasses with exposed circuitry and some delicate 3D-printed components.
Somewhere within the tangled mass, hurriedly yet skillfully wiring this contraption together, is Ed Tang, CEO of a company called Avegant. Avegant has produced this device, a wearable prototype … Read more
We don't know much about it at this point, not even a name, but we do have two small teaser images of what Avegant is promising will be a revolutionary device in the field of wearable displays. It's a head-mounted stereoscopic projector that uses the company's Virtual Retinal Display (VRD) technology, relying on a combination of optics and a micromirror array to project an image directly onto your retina. Unlike Glass, the images will be immersive and stereoscopic, providing a full 3D effect.
The Ann Arbor, Mich., company has also signed on a new COO, Yobie Benjamin. … Read more