Magic Leap Shipping Its Augmented Reality Headset In 2018

Magic Leap Shipping Its Augmented Reality Headset In 2018

Magic Leap has finally unveiled its first commercial product.

After years of research and development, Magic Leap is finally ready to show the world what it's been working on. The company revealed its first commercial product, the Magic Leap One augmented reality goggles. The Magic Leap One's Creator Edition, intended for developers and enthusiasts, is scheduled to launch in early 2018.

The Magic Leap One set comes with the Lightwear goggles, combining environment mapping, tracking, and audio in a single device with four microphones and six external cameras. The goggles are connected to the Lightpack, which is the wearable computer that handles all of the graphics and calculations for the system. Finally, input is done via a handheld remote, that seemingly includes a gyroscope, accelerometer, and haptic feedback.

Magic Leap is touting a whole host of tech here, from its Digital Lightfield display and Soundfield audio technologies, to the fact that the hardware tracks persistent virtual objects.

"Lightfield objects stay where you put them, just as they would in real life. Place a virtual TV on the wall over your fireplace and when you return later, the TV will be right where you left it," says the official site.

Magic Leap has offered no final price for the hardware. It also hasn't revealed the hardware's battery life. According to a lengthy report by Glixel, the Magic Leap One will come in two sizes, instead of a single one-size-fits-all device. The company is also working on designing new lenses for the Magic Leap One to take into account those who wear prescription glasses.

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