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Magic Leap Unveils its Augmented Reality Headset

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Magic Leap unveils AR headset

Magic Leap updated its website after more than three years on Wednesday morning sharing the first look of its highly anticipated augmented reality smart glasses that have been built with the $1.9 billion funding they raised from Google, Alibaba and others.

The highly valued AR startup shared the details of its Magic Leap One “Creator’s edition” on its official website.

The Magic Leap One is based on augmented reality which the company calls “mixed reality”. The product comes with a pair of goggles called the Lightwear, a battery pack called Lightpack and a controller called Control.

  • Lightwear: It’s the headset that looks like some oversized goggles and utilizes the company’s “Digital Lightfield” technology. The Lightwear is equipped with six cameras, multiple sensors, built-in microphones and built-in speakers.
  • Lightpack: a circular shaped external computer tethered with the headset that can be worn on a belt or a shoulder pad. According to CEO Magic Leap Rony Albovitz, the Lightwear is similar in power to a MacBook Pro.
  • Control: It is a handheld controller that allows users to navigate through the menu selections and the AR world that Magic Leap builds.

The product will come in two sizes with options of the custom forehead, temple and nose pads and customers will be able to purchase prescription lenses too.

According to Magic Leap, their smart glasses are based on advanced technology and do not only rely on eye tracking input only. “We live and think in a 3D world, not on a flat screen. Our spatial interface includes multiple input modes including voice, gesture, head pose and eye tracking.”

AR headset

Magic Leap’s hardware appeared to be geared for software makers. The company said that a Creator Portal with tools, documentation and support will be opened up in “early 2018”.

Explaining its AR technology, Magic Leap said, “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.”
The Wednesday announcement did not reveal the price for the Magic Leap One however the company previously said that it expects the headset to cost between $1,000 and $1,500.

The product will be shipped in 2018 and according to the company it is “continually advancing and may be different at time of shipment.”

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