Magic Leap One Glasses: Augmented Reality Headset Release Date Set For 2018

Magic Leap One Glasses: Augmented Reality Headset Release Date Set For 2018

Obviously, Magic Leap will have more to share moving forward. It has raised almost $2 billion to do it since it was founded in 2011.

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

Magic Leap One's various parts, spread on a table.

In terms of the capabilities of the Magic Leap One, it looks like we're in for the same AR features we've seen from the likes of the Microsoft HoloLens and ARKit on iOS: digital graphics seamlessly merged with the real world, as you move around. This technology generates objects made of digital light that blend naturally with one's surroundings, according to Magic Leap, which the company claims should make it so that users process virtual items similarly to real-world subjects.

Magic Leap is treating the first iteration of its headset as somewhat of a developer kit. The headset connects to a circular Lightpack, which Magic Leap tells Rolling Stone is a "powerful pocket-sized computer" with a battery. The kit is now advertised as a "developer" device and has a vague launch window of 2018-which will hopefully be enough time for the company to actually show us the final, physical product. But it will take a massive leap (ahem) to get consumers to strap on a headset and a wearable computer that looks remotely like what the company unveiled.

The Magic Leap One headset comes in a surprising form factor.


The patent drawings depicted somewhat bulky-looking glasses with cameras on both arms and what appears to be two pairs of lenses stacked on top of each other.

While the patent states that Magic Leap applied for it in September 2015 and that Magic Leap is the assignee, the company denied it depicts its actual glasses.

With Microsoft now focused on low-priced Windows Mixed Reality hardware rather than some form of the high-end HoloLens smartglasses actually aimed at consumers, the timing is definitely right for Magic Leap to finally unveil a concrete product. It's also one of the few self-contained AR devices, which is an impressive feat.

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. It is small enough to clip onto a belt and be used without many tethers. Meanwhile, a "Control" remote - similar to the Daydream Controller - allows for six degrees of freedom and movement.

Magic Leap spent years behind closed doors refining its technology and developing hardware. The company also plans to offer direct support to help creators get started. Magic Leap, the company that is for some reason valued at about $5 billion, is finally about to release the product that they've hinted at for years.

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