Ann Arbor, Michigan based wearable technology startup Avegant today announced the beta consumer concept of its virtual retinal display called Glyph. The Glyph headset integrates video display and audio experience in a flip-down form factor. Audio and video can be simultaneously played on the headset. Prototypes of the Glyph Beta are currently assembled and tested and will be featured at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2014. Consumer units will be available on Kickstarter on January 22 for $499 and will ship later in the year. The shipped version will have one HDMI/MHL cable, onboard battery power and a thinner, narrower display band than the Glyph Beta to be shown at CES.

Founded in 2012, Avegant developed the Glyph Virtual Retinal Display based on patented technology developed by CTO Dr. Allan Evans. In September, Yobie Benjamin, former Citigroup CTO joined Avegant as its COO and Chief Software Officer.

As opposed to staring at a panel or a glowing screen, Glyph has no screen. Glyph projects the light right into the eyes of its users, mimicking the natural vision process. This will allow users to perceive the media and data the way they’re supposed to be experienced – more vividly and life-like, claims the company. Visuals are produced by the headset using a low powered LED, a series of custom optics and a micromirror array. Integrated head tracking allows for immersive, responsive gaming that is compatible with all of the latest consoles and games.

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