Magic Leap is giving the public an initial look at its first augmented reality headset, which took six years and almost $1.9 billion from investors to develop. Still, it's nice to see Magic Leap's billions have gone into something which appears to make good on its promises. You can see an example of this on our article about Graeme Devine. That's the concept behind AR or "mixed reality".
Magic Leap had kept its prototype firmly under wraps until the reveal Wednesday. It consists of Lightwear glasses, a Lightpack computing platform and a remote. Like most early technologies, the Magic Leap One will likely be purchased by hobbyists, rich people, and nerds - mostly men. Let's explore your AR future. Magic Leap calls its technology "mixed reality". It's attracted hundreds of millions of dollars from companies like Google and Alibaba.
In fact, despite the announcement and the hullabaloo surrounding it, Magic Leap still isn't releasing specifics on hardware, software, OS, cost, or shipping dates.
Magic Leap announced its first product on its website, magicleap.com https://www.magicleap.com where visitors can see a demonstration. Google Glass cost $1,500 (£1,000, about AU$1,956) and promised less. We'll have to track where the Magic Leap price lands.
"Magic Leap One, Creator Edition" is a wearable computer that combines Magic Leap's "Digital Lightfield technology, visual perception and machine learning". According to the note on its website, the company is now accepting pre-order from buyers and early adopters.
In other words, this developer kit won't be limited to the developer community.
Magic Leap One is a more than just a pair of AR glasses with a camera on it (see: Snapchat Spectacles and its less-than-a-year popularity span).
"This is a self-contained computer", MagicLeap founder Rony Abovitz told Rolling Stone.
How does it work? We've combined our Digital Lightfield technology with environment mapping, precision tracking and soundfield audio to produce unbelievable experiences that feel natural, " it says on their website. Lightwear uses a suite of sensors to detect real world objects and surfaces, allowing the goggles to project images that appear to interact naturally with the environment. That's going to make it more comfortable to wear the Lightwear goggles for a longer period of time. It's got a powerful CPU and GPU. It's something we saw in Avegant's own goggles. In the hand, there's a wireless controller offering force control and haptic feedback with six degrees of freedom, smooth movement, and intuitive gesture response. The controller resembles the new motion controllers that the Samsung Gear VR now uses. "Here are some of the experiences we've been exploring, but they are just a jumping-off point", according to the company's site.
The company wants you to be able to pull the web out of the screen, with 3D virtual objects and be able to open up multiple screens on demand.