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Avegant Glyph

The Glyph is no doubt an innovative device and heralds an interesting new direction for truly private entertainment, striking a comfortable middle ground between immersion while allowing the user to remain aware of their surroundings. The creators envision it as the perfect entertainment device for long-haul flights, allowing the user to escape the reality of cattle class for the duration of the Glyph’s four-hour battery — and in such an environment where most social mores go out the window, the flight attendants won’t even bat an eyelid at your zany headset from the future. However, the Glyph succumbs to many pitfalls of a first-generation product. While the device looks polished on the outside, its prohibitive weight, a litany of minor flaws, and an exorbitant $700 USD price tag will prevent this initial version of the Glyph from becoming anything more than a niche product for tech industry insiders. Avegant has stated that it is looking to expand the Glyph’s capabilities as a set of drone goggles, and within the field of competitive drone racing it could very well receive the attention it deserves. But for the normal consumer, the Glyph will need to be reengineered to be cheaper, lighter, more user-friendly, and perhaps even wireless to become a viable alternative to conventional screens. Despite these early kinks, I, for one, will be eagerly waiting with baited breath for a future of Airbuses full of deadened passengers with visors strapped to their faces.


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