A few weeks ago at GLAZEDcon in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of trying out the new Glyph headset by Avegant. Glyph is a new head mounted display much like the Oculus Rift with a couple differences. Both displays offer an immersive audio-visual experience. While Oculus Rift is largely promoted as a gaming platform, the Glyph offers a broader media experience with an HDMI input and dual-functionality as a traditional pair of over-ear headphones.
The Glyph’s primary differentiator is showcased in these photos.
I experienced Glyph playing Call of Duty on a PlayStation 3. Moving my head allowed me to look around the game environment much like the Oculus Rift. The first mission had me floating through space trying to navigate through obstacles to get inside the space station. The sound combined with the display created a great virtual experience. Along with the Oculus Rift, I think this device will revolutionize the way games are played.
Beyond gaming, I see this device as a great alternative to a massive TV for watching movies. The screen is said to appear as an 80 inch screen eight feet away, but the Glyph fits neatly into a drawer, freeing up valuable wall real-estate for my collectible figurines and rock posters. At this point, you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the head movement capabilities for movies, but imagine once movies are produced for something like the Glyph. It would be amazing to look around in a movie and have greater control over your environment. You might feel like you’re in the movie, and you could watch a movie multiple times with a different experience.
But that’s just my opinion. Lets take a look at some of the specifications and features.
- Weight: 16 oz.
- Battery Life: 3 hours video, 48 hours audio
- Colors: Blue, white, or black
- Micromirror Array
- 120Hz Refresh Rate
- WXGA (1280 x 720) per eye resolution
- 45 degree horizontal field of view
- Noise Canceling: Active and Passive
- Sound Output Mode: Premium Stereo
- Frequency Response : 20 – 20000Hz
- Built in microphone
Optics & Sensors
- Head tracking: 9 DOF IMU output via Bluetooth or hardwired
- No glasses required
- IPD Adjustment: 50-75mm
- Diopter Adjustment: +2 to -6
- Video: HDMI
- Power: microUSB
- Audio: 3.5mm TRRS jack
I look forward to how this new head mounted display technology will change the way we consume content. Having multiple players in this field now will help push the innovation faster and help perfect these devices sooner.
You can pre-order the Beta version of the Glyph for $499 and the first devices will ship Q1 2015.
To find out more information or pre-order, check out their site http://www.avegant.com/