You’ve probably heard plenty about all
the virtual-reality (VR) headsets that will be weighing down nerdy heads later
this year: Very expensive goggles that you can put on and, by turning your
head, look around inside your video games.
(The company’s name is constructed from the founders’ last
names spelled backwards: Edward Tang and Allan Evans.)
The idea is
sweet: Imagine a pair of great-sounding headphones whose headband rotates down
over your eyes to become a 65-inch TV screen
floating in space right in front of you. Suddenly, you’ve got a whole darkened
movie theater all to yourself.
What you see looks something like this:
You can watch movies, TV shows, and games, or even work on
your laptop using this “screen” as your monitor. The whole idea is to let you
watch things in private, whether at home or on long plane flights.
Getting ready to Glyph
The Glyph really is a contraption. It weighs about a
pound, so figuring out how to hang that thing on your head comfortably for
hours is a challenge that Avegant hasn’t completely solved.
First, you choose a nose piece — one of four snap-in,
rubberized bridges to accommodate a range of nasal formations.
Then you put
the Glyph on and press an ejecto-button to make the eyepieces pop out of the
Next you adjust the distance between the left and right
eye holes, using two separate sliders. Then you have to focus each eyepiece
independently, turning a ring around each eyepiece as you close the other eye.
Finally, if it feels too heavy on your head, you can
attach a strap that goes over the top of your head.