Avegant to show off immersive video headset at CES

Michelle Clancy | 27-12-2013

Virtual reality headsets are nothing new, but Avegant hopes to take the idea to the next level with the beta consumer concept of its virtual retinal display, dubbed Glyph.

The gadget is essentially a headset that integrates a video display and audio in a flip-down form factor. It has an optical engine that uses a low-powered LED, a series of custom optics and a micromirror array, which the company said produces visuals by the headset that are crisper and brighter than those from conventional display technologies. It supports a range of media consumption, from 3D movies to desktop environments to streamed television shows. Integrated head tracking also 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 smartphone," said Allan Evans, CTO of Avegant. "Integrating high-end audio with the Glyph and packaging it into a forward-thinking design is critical to a great experience."
The company is debuting Glyph at CES 2014, and consumer units will be available by Kickstarter on January 22 for $499, shipping later in the year.