The latest thing I’ve fallen in love with, although not backed yet, is the Avegant Glyph, a “personal display” home cinema for one headphones and screen combo.
Streaming movies and television is huge at the moment, with services like Netflix, LoveFilm, iPlayer and Sky Now all fighting for viewers, and 2014 is only going to see more of this. So is this the perfect movie gadget for 2014?
The key is in the term personal – the days of the whole family sitting together watching the same tv show or movie are numbered – if not already gone for most. Everying has different tastes, and like to watch their own shows at their own speed.
This is something Netflix especially is capitalising on. It’s top-tier homegrown TV shows such as House of Cards and Orange is the new Black are released to subscribers a whole season at a time. Watch them at your own pace. Binge on the whole thing in a weekend, or watch them an episode a night – its up to you.
To cater for this uneven, distributed viewing experience, a Television is no longer ideal. Unless you live alone, or in a commune where everyone watches exactly the same thing at the same time.
So we see people, particularly the younger generation watching television on demand via their laptop or tablet. What they want, when they want it. Laptops are ok, tablets are better, but an immersive cinema style experience, just for you, would be the dream.
And that’s what Avegant Glyph is presenting. Noise cancelling active headphones combined with a groundbreaking Virtual Retinal Display allowing the creators to project images directly onto your retina, creating sharp, stark images unlike anything you’ve seen before.
It uses “one million micromirrors in each eye piece” to reflect a sharp, vivid and lifelike image directly onto the back of your retina. Seriously how crazy is that?
The Glyph connects to your entertainment device via HDMI – so you’ll need that connector available on what you plan to play from. This sort of rules out the iPhone/iPad unless you throw and Apple TV into the mix, in which case you can simply airplay to the Glyph. Many Android tablets however have micoHDMI ports, which can be directly connected via an adapter.
Unlike current display glasses, there is no screen and the Glyph can be worn for hours comfortably.
The Glyph is also great for gaming, whether in playing Call of Duty Ghosts on your Playstation or Real Racing on your mobile phone.
Check out the brief video demo below for a better look:
Glyph has smashed its $250’000 goal, with 9 days left to go it’s sitting at $1’223’321 in backing, with the starting pledge to receive a Glyph being $499. Unfortunately there’s quite the development window after funding completes on 21st Feb with estimated shipping being the fourth quarter of this year. But what I wouldn’t give for this on my next long-haul flight.
>> Avegant Glyph Official Homepage