I caught up with Avegant at their Redwood City headquarters and had a chance to try out a pre-production Glyph personal theater headset, which had literally been flown back from manufacturing in China a day or two earlier. I backed Glyph on Kickstarter almost 2 years ago and have been following its progress closely as the company has moved from early prototype to having plans to ship in late January.
Grant Martin showed me clips of one of the Avengers movies in both 2D and 3D, and both looked quite good despite the 720p input and display limitation (and 3D mode requires side-by-side input, which halves the input resolution for each eye). Because of the way Glyph projects light into your eyes using reflected DLP, no pixels were visible, and all of the ghosting artifacts present in earlier prototypes I had tried were gone. I would definitely watch a movie wearing a Glyph and think that using one while traveling would likely be perfectly acceptable, although I share the same worry that many backers have, which is that active noise cancellation (ANC) didn't make the shipping product. Many travelers have gotten used to ANC and will have a hard time going back to normal headphones.
Glyph Founder's Edition is available for discounted pre-order ($599) until January 15, after which the price increases to $699. The web site shows a ship date of 6-8 weeks.
Avegant will be showing the final version of Glyph off at CES this upcoming January 6-9. If you're going to be there, visit their booth!