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First Look: Avegant Glyph combines virtual retinal headset and headphones in one (hands-on)

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First Look: Avegant Glyph combines virtual retinal headset and headphones in one (hands-on)

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Flip up, you've got headphones: flip down, you're a cyborg. A close-up look at a pair of $499 head-and-eyephones that could be yours.

I am Scott Stein, now you may have remembered at CNET that we've taken a look at the Avegant technology, which is virtual retinal display on your face. Now, CES is here and the Avegant Glyph has emerged, which takes a headset and combines it with virtual retinal display. Where is it? It's actually inside this headphone right on the top band here. If you fold this down, there is an eye piece that goes right over my face. And I can adjust the diopters and looked at 1280 x 800 resolution video that actually looks a lot better because it's using Texas instruments based DLP technology to project right on my retina looking a lot more vibrant and a lot more crisp than a screen. This is a kick starter project that's gonna be sold for $499 and this is the latest alpha design of what the glyph looks like. There's really nothing else I've seen that matches this type of design because it's not a goggle that goes over your face alone. It's actually meant to fold up and be more discrete like giant headphones. Obviously, in this mode you're gonna look like a cyborg, but when you fold it up, it kind of looks like a big set of headphones and it's gonna look smaller in later alterations before it's released. And there are controls over here to adjust the volume. There is a Bluetooth head control technology inside, which can work potentially with games and the connection is HDMI, so not only does it work with your Iphone or you Android device to play any video on there like you would with an HDMI connection. You can use HDMI 1.4 to connect for 3D content on Blu-Ray players or whatever else you have that plays 3D content like games. This is one of several new interesting technologies that are coming out. I haven't seen virtual retinal display because this is the first of its kind and take a look at it at CES. It is definitely eye catching and unfortunately with my really horrible prescriptions, it doesn't quite work for me right yet but it is made to work with a variety of prescriptions and the nosepieces and everything else will be adjusted, so there could be hope for you too, severely myopic person. If you want part of the Avegant Glyph, the kick starter campaign starts January 22nd and they can be available to you if you're interested in exploring headset that's really more about entertainment than it is virtual reality but still could potentially do that stuff in the future. I'm Scott Stein with a look at the Avegant Glyph, which is currently on my head.

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