The Oculus Rift, as amazing as it is, has a significant hurdle to cross before it will gain true mainstream acceptance, given its propensity for giving people motion sickness. The Avegant Virtual Retinal Display headset could be even more difficult for the layman to warm to -- it wants to beam light directly into your eyes.
Looking worryingly like a prop from The Lawnmower Man, it's aiming to deliver a more natural viewing experience -- rather than using mini LCD screens in front of your eyes, it's closer to having two projectors beaming straight into your peepers. Given that our entire vision is based upon light being reflected into our eyes, it's said to result in far less eye-fatigue when viewing its 3D imagery. To work, the retinal projection has to be lined up with your eyes incredibly accurately, so the headset offers plenty of ways to fit the unit comfortably to your face.
While the aim is to have a consumer product eventually, the Virtual Retinal Display is still very much in the prototype stages. Looking to launch in 2014, it'll be interesting to see whether its video delivery mechanism or the LCD screens of the Oculus Rift prove most popular. [CNET]