Magic Leap Shows Off Long-Awaited Headset With Few Details

Alyssa Bailey
December 21, 2017

The ambitious USA startup has been secretly developing a set of revolutionary augmented reality technologies for at least three years now, attracting not only media interest, wild rumors and conflicting speculation, but also large investments from companies like Google, Qualcomm and Alibaba.

I am so excited to share with all of you a first look at Magic Leap One, Creator Edition.

Magic Leap's glasses will integrate computer graphics into the real world, a technology often called "augmented reality" by other companies.

The headset - which looks kind of like a bulky pair of swim goggles - will ship in 2018, though Magic Leap's site concedes that it "is continually advancing and may be different at time of shipment".

Magic Leap has been in and out of the news for years now, but nobody's really known what it is they're all about.

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

Magic Leap One
The Magic Leap One headset Magic Leap

Magic Leap content ranges from games to music experiences to Oculus Connect-like digital collaborations so far, and these are being billed as "just a jumping-off point" for creators. The startup detailed that in addition to the controller, the headset will utilize voice, gesture, head pose and eye-tracking input. Whether it's virtual displays sitting alongside the computer monitor on your desk or a virtual panda that climbs across your living room couch, visual perception with machine learning unlocks the power of spatial computing.

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

The only real information we have comes from a Rolling Stone article where the reporter was able to test out the headset. "That was the key idea". Magic Leap didn't explain Soundfield Audio in depth, but we get the impression it is similar to Nvidia's VRWorks Audio and AMD's TrueAudio Next technologies, which use physics to calculate accurate audio reproduction based on your surroundings. How it all pans out remains to be seen, perhaps relatively soon-Magic Leap will make its SDK and support materials available to developers in early 2018.

Magic Leap didn't mention a price in Wednesday's announcement, but people close to the company have previously said to expect it to cost between $1,000 and $1,500.

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.

This post originally appeared on Business Insider.

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