Avegant’s Glyph headset has been long in the making, but it finally looks to be ready for action… well, almost. The unique mash-up of headphone and wearable display is now poised to ship in fall 2015 for $599, or $499 if you pre-order before January 15th. That’s both a long time to wait and more expensive than you might have expected from the Kickstarter campaign, but that patience may just pay off. Avegant has unveiled the finished design for the Glyph (shown here), and it’s much sleeker than earlier concepts and prototypes would suggest – you’d be hard-pressed to tell that there are eyepieces tucked into the headband. We’ll give the finished design a try as soon as we can, so watch this space if you’re looking for a video headset that could liven up your commute.Read more
Beats isn’t happy that ROAM CEO Steven Lamar is taking credit for co-founding its headphone business and demanding extra royalties – it’s firing back with a lawsuit of its own. The Apple-owned company claims that Lamar “deliberately misrepresented” his involvement in its early days. He didn’t have an ownership role in the company, Beats says, and Jibe Audio (which Lamar once ran) reportedly wasn’t responsible for any aspects of its initial headphone designs. We’ve reached out to ROAM for Lamar’s response, although we can’t imagine that he’ll take the lawsuit lying down. Much of ROAM’s credibility is based on the connection to Beats, and it becomes just another audio company if it loses those bragging rights.
Update: ROAM has responded. To no one’s surprise, it’s unhappy – it argues the lawsuit is full of “erroneous and unsubstantiated claims,” and that Lamar’s key role in Beats has been known for years. He never said he was an employee or shareholder, ROAM insists. The firm also hopes for an “immediate and positive resolution” to the suit, but we wouldn’t count on that happening.
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