Virtual reality glasses projecting an image onto the retina

At first glance, it may seem that these are some kind of incomprehensible electronic boards hidden inside the glasses. This is the impression that Avegant's new Virtual Retina Display (VRD) wearable display prototype makes.

The main feature of the prototype is the use of an array of two million micro-mirrors that project an image of an incredibly clear virtual world onto each eye of the user separately. It may sound a little dangerous, but Avegant CEO Ed Tan assures that the chosen method will not harm your eyes in any way, unlike lasers.

The main difference between Avegant glasses and similar devices is that it does not use any screens at all. Instead, light sources are used that are perceived by the brain as an 80-inch graphics panel. The predicted resolution for each of the two images will be 1280 x 768 pixels, twice the resolution of competing technologies.

Since VRD does not use liquid crystal displays, the user's eye strain is also significantly reduced, since they are not tied to any one point on the screen, but can move and change focus.

Avegant hopes to release the final VRD in January next year at CES. The cost of glasses is not yet known, but most likely it will be at the level of "consumer demand".