Magic Leap comes out of stealth, announces Lightware AR headset for 2018

Magic Leap Smart Glasses

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. After years of development, Magic Leap revealed the Magic Leap One via an update to its website on Wednesday, Business Insider reports.

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition uses light projected into users' eyes to make their brains see virtual objects in their existing environment. The system consists of a small external computer called a Lightpack, as well as a handheld controller in addition to the glasses. We'll just have to wait until sometime in 2018 when more public-facing developers get their hands on the SDK to truly compare Magic Leap One to the two-year-old HoloLens technology.

Magic Leap has long battled claims-published by the Information, among others-that the startup over-hyped its products.

The glasses contain six cameras, with creators suggesting the headset be used for web shopping, browsing, for entertainment, and other 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.

Magic Leap also came up with a software interface for its optics: "We live and think in a 3D world, not on a flat screen".

"Our thought was, if we could figure out this signal and or approximate it, maybe it would be really cool to encode that into a wafer", he told Rolling Stone. It can accept voice, gesture, head position, and eye tracking input all at the same.

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz talked about those ideas in an interview with Rolling Stone. "That was the key idea".

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. It's very similar. After rounds of funding and secret meetings, it's seeming like the Magic Leap One will follow a similar path as HoloLens as its hardware seems slightly more cumbersome but light field technology is rumored to impress. The price has not yet been disclosed. Magic Leap counts among its investors the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google.

Magic Leap is eligible for a package of $9 million in state and local incentives for its $150 million capital investment in renovating the former Motorola building in Plantation for its headquarters and creating 725 jobs. The Florida-based firm has been known to be working on mixed-reality technology of some sort - the kind of thing that prompts all who try it to trip over themselves trying to find ways of describing it - but that's about it.

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