Avegant Glyph Mobile Theater Is the Best Seat in the House
Crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo let inventors appeal directly to the public for funds. They’ve made a lot of entrepreneurial dreams come true.
If you’re inspired by the inventor’s pitch video, you send some money. It’s not an investment; you don’t get rich if the invention becomes a hit. But you do get some memento — a T-shirt or a discounted version of the invention once it’s manufactured — and the rosy glow of knowing that you helped bring a cool idea to life.
Until now, there’s been only one problem: You had no way to know if the invention was actually any good. You had to trust the inventor’s video.
That’s the beauty of our Kickstarter reviews. We actually test the prototype, find out how much promise it has and help you decide if the thing is worth funding or buying.
Today’s invention: The Avegant Glyph. They look like headphones, but the headband pivots down in front of your eyes to display video.
The claim: The video image is beamed “onto your retina, creating sharp, stark images unlike anything you’ve seen before.” You get state-of-the-art noise cancellation headphones when you’re just listening; razor-sharp, vivid, hi-def, 3D-capable video when you want to watch, too.
Goal: The Glyph project seeks $250,000 in Kickstarter contributions by this Friday, Feb. 21.
Status: Kickstarter fans have flooded the creators with money — about $1.3 million. The Glyph mobile personal theater is well on its way to becoming a real product.
What I tested: I tried out Glyph’s latest prototypes. The audio and video worked perfectly.
The Glyph prototypes are, however, big and heavy. Some headphones are partly supported by the band across the top of your head — but when you’re watching video on the Glyph, that band is now in front of your eyes. So all that holds up the headphones are the ear cups and the bridge of your nose. They feel heavy after awhile.
So Avegant’s hardy little team has a lot to do before these babies are ready to sell. On their to-do list:
– Reduce the weight by 30 percent. (The prototype weighs 1 pound, 4 ounces.)
– Shrink the thickness of the headband by at least 0.2 inches. (The prototype’s headband is 1.2 inches thick.)
– Shrink the ear cups by 1 inch.
– Build in a battery. (The prototype has to be plugged into power.)