Magic Leap's mysterious AR headset gets revealed

Magic Leap

Magic Leap

After six years of R&D and almost $2 billion in investments, Magic Leap has finally unveiled its first product.

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. The headset will come in two sizes and is controlled by a wireless controller, called Control. As well as several adjustable components around the forehead, nose, and temple, Magic Leap is apparently going as far as taking into account prescription details so it can adapt the lenses for users who wear glasses.

Lightwear displays digital images using light field technology, which according to Magic Leap "allows our brain to naturally process digital objects the same way we do real-world objects, making it comfortable to use for long periods of time".

It's the future of wearables, smartphones and computing, according to the Florida-based Magic Leap, and it'll all distilled into funky-looking AR glasses strapped to your face. It uses lightfield photonics to generate digital light at different depths and blend seamlessly with natural light to produce lifelike digital objects that coexist in the real world.

This works in conjunction with the myriad sensors - which are still something of a mystery - located on the Lightwear goggles.

The sensors in the Magic Leap can detect your physical environment, including location of walls, surfaces, and other physical objects.

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Augmented Reality (AR) can be fun technology to play with.

Magic Leap didn't announce a price.

At Miami's eMerge Americas conference in June, founder and CEO Rony Abovitz wouldn't say exactly when Magic Leap's first product would launch, what the product was, or what it would cost. The company also has a plan to to open access to our SDK along with all of the tools, documentation, learning resources to creators.

Magic Leap's AR technology, which places digital images alongside real life, is expected to have applications in gaming, entertainment, communications and web browsing.

Twitter users were excited about the Magic Leap headset even before they understood the technology. Judging by Glixel's glowing hands-on report, it may have been worth the wait too. Like most early technologies, the Magic Leap One will likely be purchased by hobbyists, rich people, and nerds - mostly men.

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