Ever since Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge first donned his iconic visor in Star Trek: The Next Generation, sci-fi fans have been waiting for the day that the distinctive headband-like device could be turned into a functional reality. This reality finally arrived on our doorstep in the form of one of the most interesting Kickstarter projects in recent memory — the Avegant Glyph.
The sleek unit, which upon first glance seemingly takes many of its design cues from a pair of Beats headphones, is the debut product of Redwood, California-based startup Avegant, which brought it into the public eye at the beginning of 2014 by way of a Kickstarter campaign where they demolished their funding goal of $250,000 USD with a whopping $1.5 million USD.
After another round of seed funding in December 2014 that added another $9.4 million USD, the Glyph went into production the following year before finally shipping this past January. While its eye-obscuring design inevitably draws comparison with VR devices like the Oculus Rift, Avegant takes great care in differentiating the Glyph as the pioneer in a new category of “mediawear” that are first and foremost built for the normal consumption of video and audio, albeit for your eyes (and ears) only.