Back in December, we noticed that there was a lot of hype around the Avegant Glyph and a forthcoming Kickstarter campaign that would accompany the launch of the device. It seems the hype was well-warranted, because in under 48 hours the Glyph has more than doubled Avegant’s stated $250,000 goal.
The device is touted as a “mobile personal theater with built-in audio.” Interestingly, the pitch video (embedded, below) divulges that the device was originally intended to be marketed to the military sector, but the team at Avegant quickly realized that there were profound use cases for their headset in the consumer market.
The device works with anything you can plug a screen into, which should mean that it can be used right out of the box. The device’s big feature is in how the display is delivered to the eyes. The eyes are presented with a “micromirror array” upon which an image is projected, so the eye receives reflected light similar to the type of light the eye would receive out in the real world. Avegant says this results in an experience unlike any other. They provide a video on YouTube explaining exactly how it works.
They’re labeling the device a beta product, so caveat emptor applies here as it does with all rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns. Having said that, the devices are pretailing for $499 and are estimated to be delivered in December of this year.
This will almost certainly become a million-dollar crowdfunding campaign. Whether it can give Oculus’s $2.5 million Kickstarter raise a run for its crowdfunding money remains to be seen.
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