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Avegant Glyph

Personal display devices have often suffered from poor image quality which Avegant hope to have resolved using their Virtual Retinal Display technology in a new headset.

In a quote from their website they say

The Glyph’s Virtual Retinal Display uses one million micromirrors in each eye piece to reflect a sharp, vivid and lifelike image directly onto the back of your retina. It’s an advanced, safe and innovative process that results in extremely comfortable light yielding very little eyestrain. Users of the Glyph prototypes have worn devices comfortably for hours with no nausea or disorientation when transitioning back to normal vision.

A recent Kickstarter project was launched to seek funding and achieved its proposed target figure (of $250,000) within 24 hours ( update: a couple of days later has passed twice that amount!)

Details from the Kickstarter project includes the initial specification for the headset with the following details:

Display: Micromirror Array
120 Hz refresh rate
1280 x 720 per eye resolution
45° horizontal field of view
Contrast Ratio > 1000:1
Sound output: Premium Stereo
Frequency Response: 20 – 20000 Hz
Dynamic Range: 115 dB
Microphone: Built-in
Video: single HDMI connection
Audio: 3.5mm TRRS jack (stereo+mic)
Power/recharge via microUSB cable
Headtracking: 9 DOF IMU output via Bluetooth or hardwired
Optional head strap
IPD Adjustment: 50-75mm
Diopter Adjustment: +2 to -6
Weight: 16oz
Battery life: 3 hours video, 48 hours audio