Magic Leap Finally Unveils Augmented Reality Goggles

Magic Leap has finally revealed the Magic Leap One, its first consumer-orientated augmented reality goggles, which are set to release to the public in 2018. After years of hype with very little sign of a product to match, it now seems the company is ready to unleash its AR technology upon the world.

Similar in principle to Microsoft's HoloLens, the Magic Leap One is worn around the head and over the eyes, but looks more like a pair of ski goggles than the VR or mixed reality headsets we've seen previously. Shipping with a handheld pointer controller, the unit works independently of a games console or phone, instead sharing processing duties between a computer embedded in the goggles, and a separate processing unit that sits in a puck that can be worn on a belt or in a shoulder pad.

That puck is said to have power relative to a MacBook Pro or gaming laptop, with the headset keeping track of "multiple input modes including voice, gesture, head pose and eye tracking,?EU? through its less-powerful onboard chipset.

AR Excitement Builds

Elsewhere the Magic Leap One also features four built-in mics for voice control, built in speakers and six external cameras.

Rolling Stone were invited to try some demos of the technology, and came away impressed. Though Magic Leap rumors pointed to a troubled development, with their technology proving difficult to shrink down to a consumer product, Rolling Stone experienced "no stuttering or slowdowns" working with the new product. The demos themselves sound impressive, with characters able to maintain eye contact with a player in games, and virtual comic books legible enough to happily read floating in front of a Magic Leap One user.

"[P]lace a virtual TV on the wall over your fireplace and when you return later, the TV will be right where you...

Comments are closed.

Magic Leap Finally Unveils Augmented Reality Goggles

Magic Leap has finally revealed the Magic Leap One, its first consumer-orientated augmented reality goggles, which are set to release to the public in 2018. After years of hype with very little sign of a product to match, it now seems the company is ready to unleash its AR technology upon the world.

Similar in principle to Microsoft's HoloLens, the Magic Leap One is worn around the head and over the eyes, but looks more like a pair of ski goggles than the VR or mixed reality headsets we've seen previously. Shipping with a handheld pointer controller, the unit works independently of a games console or phone, instead sharing processing duties between a computer embedded in the goggles, and a separate processing unit that sits in a puck that can be worn on a belt or in a shoulder pad.

That puck is said to have power relative to a MacBook Pro or gaming laptop, with the headset keeping track of "multiple input modes including voice, gesture, head pose and eye tracking,?EU? through its less-powerful onboard chipset.

AR Excitement Builds

Elsewhere the Magic Leap One also features four built-in mics for voice control, built in speakers and six external cameras.

Rolling Stone were invited to try some demos of the technology, and came away impressed. Though Magic Leap rumors pointed to a troubled development, with their technology proving difficult to shrink down to a consumer product, Rolling Stone experienced "no stuttering or slowdowns" working with the new product. The demos themselves sound impressive, with characters able to maintain eye contact with a player in games, and virtual comic books legible enough to happily read floating in front of a Magic Leap One user.

"[P]lace a virtual TV on the wall over your fireplace and when you return later, the TV will be right where you...

Comments are closed.