The us start-up company Avegant presented at the CES in Las Vegas its new VR glasses “Glyph“. This glasses differ significantly from other VR glasses due to the fact that it projects the video images directly on the retina of the eye. This is done by a patented set of micro mirrors. This makes the glasses much lighter and people do not get so fast tired.
The Glyph looks like headphones where the head clip is put over the eyes. Of course you can also use it as pure headphones. In the clip there are two lenses which project the image via more than 2 million (!) micro mirrors directly on the retina. As a light source a low power LED is used, the resolution is 1280 x 720 pixel.
The image projected on the retina provides very good contrast and sharpness. The image looks like as sitting in a darkened room with some distance to a TV set. In comparison to other immersive techniques the image appears a little bit smaller. However, in the future with the same procedure also bigger images can be projected.
The current model of Glyph is available in US since late 2016. It was built with the budget of a successful crowd funding campaign. In Germany the Glyph will be available in spring 2017 and should cost around 550 Euro. Amongst first companies showing interest in this new technique is Lufthansa who wants to integrate the glasses into its on board entertainment system.