Magic Leap introduces first product, Leap One

Posted December 21, 2017

Billed as the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, the smart glasses feature an array of sensors on the front, connected via a wire to a battery and computing pack created to be worn on the belt, matching the details first reported by Business Insider earlier this year.

Magic Leap has been around for many years, but it's just now revealing its first product. Lightwear are equipped with six cameras to map their surroundings and are attached to a Lightpack computer and battery pack via wire.

Rolling Stone was invited by Magic Leap to try out some demos, with features ranging from virtual characters reacting to eye contact, to a floating virtual comic book.

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It's been a long time coming considering the fact that Magic Leap has been in development for five years now, with nothing but conceptual ideas to show.

Magic Leap's site lists several use cases for the headset, including web browsing and shopping, opening up multiple virtual monitors and telepresence.

"Our lightfield photonics generate digital light at different depths and blend seamlessly with natural light to produce lifelike digital objects that coexist in the real world", Magic Leap said on Wednesday. The company is quick to point out it wants early developers to find new applications once they have access to the One and its SDK. The startup detailed that in addition to the controller, the headset will utilize voice, gesture, head pose and eye-tracking input. Apparently, the company is also looking into adding prescription lenses to their smart glasses, allowing those of us with poor eyesight to experience augmented reality as well.

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According to the Rolling Stone piece, future versions of Magic Leap's headset "significantly expands the field of view".

We've been promised VR/AR headsets before that were supposed to revolutionize gaming and computing through constructs indistinguishable from reality. "That we could make a small wafer that could emit the digital light field signal back through the front again".

Magic Leap's Lightwear device is a far cry from the bulky, face-hugging platforms that have become popular in VR, instead using wraparound steampunk-style goggles. The comparisons to Microsoft's HoloLens are inevitable-the Magic Leap One even has built-in speakers, just like HoloLens.

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The company said documentation, tools and resources will be released to developers early next year. The price has not yet been disclosed.

Major investors in Magic Leap include Google and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.

Abovitz was known previously for his medical device technology as a co-founder of Davie-based Mako Surgical, which was sold to Stryker. Similarly, Business Insider, The Verge, Engadget, CNBC and others wrote about the website, citing the alleged features.

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