Avegant’s private theater headset seems like a pair of premium headphones
In the end, Avegant unveiled the ultimate design for its Glyph private theater headset at CES 2015, and it seems much more like a pair of headphones than earlier prototypes recommended. Crafted out of excessive-grade plastic, it has a gentle contact end exterior, shiny aluminum accents on the ear pads and opulent leather-based padding on the cups. The truth that it appears like pair of premium headphones is not any accident both; Chief Technique Officer Edward Tang advised us that they actually needed their headset to supply actually top quality sound.
“From the get-go, we needed one thing that is going to have familiarity with individuals,” says Tang. “You should use it as a daily pair of headphones, after which you’ll be able to flip it down to observe a film.” He provides that the majority different head-mounted shows look comparatively awkward, and doubtless is not one thing individuals would put on in public. “One of many issues that we expect is admittedly essential for wearable merchandise, it is that it needs to be trendy,” he says. The Glyph, he says, matches that definition.
However simply because it seems to be good, doesn’t suggest that it will match nicely. I distinctly keep in mind loads of ergonomic points with Avegant’s earlier prototypes, from the scarf to the space between the eyes. Tang tells me the corporate has been onerous at work making an attempt to repair these points, arising with totally different sorts of ear pads, nostril items and so forth in an effort to match the widest vary of individuals. In any case, the headset is designed to be worn for lengthy durations of time — a minimum of a few hours to observe a film — so it must be snug.
Sadly, the design prototype you see right here nonetheless is not in its remaining manufacturing stage. The headset was set at a hard and fast measurement and I used to be unable to regulate the scarf, so the headset was far too giant for me. However even past that, your complete contraption appears terribly cumbersome and heavy, no less than at first attempt. In fact, we’ll should attempt the ultimate retail model to actually assess it.
So far as video high quality goes, it is unchanged from what we noticed earlier final yr. As a quick reminder, the Glyph tasks photographs on to your eyes with an array of two million micromirrors. The result’s a surprisingly crisp and clear picture that appears virtually like an eighty-inch HDTV strapped to your eyes. The headset has a microHDMI port, so you’ll be able to hook it as much as something from a laptop computer to a suitable telephone. Tang tells us that when absolutely charged, the Glyph ought to final about four hours in video streaming mode. You may also plug it into USB in the event you’d somewhat not danger that.
If this sounds fascinating to you, you possibly can pre-order the Glyph proper now for $499, although the ultimate retail worth will probably be extra like $599. It’s going to ship later this fall.