Mobile Theater Kickstarter Hits Its Goal In Four Hours
Recently Double Fine’s Broken Age abated everyone’s fears by proving that Kickstarted games can be quite great but the platform is also great for some very intriguing tech such as the Glyph mobile personal theater.
Glyph is a head-mounted display not too dissimilar from Oculus Rift in appearance and it’s a great looking piece of tech which started with a goal of just $250 000. It reached that in four hours and with 25 days left on its Kickstarter campaign the Glyph already has over $700 000 in the bank from 1,486 backers.
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The Glyph has been in development at Avengant for the past two years and aims to solve the problem of poor image quality on small mobile devices with something called “Virtual Retinal Display.” It’s basically exactly what the name says it is, a means of projecting virtual images directly onto your retina because it doesn’t get sharper or starker than that.
Of course the porn industry will jump on this tech like… a kid on a trampoline. God, get your mind out of the gutter there are homeless people sleeping there.
The Glyph, which was demoed at CES 2014, looks like a simple pair of headphones, but you can flip down the headband, turning it into an HMD. It uses a simple HDMI input to connect to any of your devices.
“The Glyph is also great for gaming, whether in playing Call of Duty: Ghosts on your PlayStation or Real Racing on your mobile phone,” the Kickstarter page reads. “And with an integrated 9 Degree of Freedom head-tracker, a whole world of interactive gaming, Point of View (PoV) imaging and interactive storytelling is within our reach.”
While it’s not built specifically for games like the Oculus Rift, the Glyph contains a 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, and a digital magnetometer to allow head tracking in games.
Given that Glyph has well exceeded its goal it’s not inconceivable that Avegant could improve on their design and tweak it to function just as well for games as it does for movies.
Discover more about the Glyph and become a backer for as low as $5 on its Kickstarter page. Pledging $500 or more will actually get you a prototype of the device.