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Magic Leap Headset, Augmented Reality Tech, Unveiled

Magic Leap Headset, Augmented Reality Tech, Unveiled
The Magic Leap augmented reality headset was revealed Wednesday. (Magic Leap)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 December 2017 05:54 PM

Magic Leap is giving the public an initial look at its first augmented reality headset, which took six years and nearly $1.9 billion from investors to develop.

Magic Leap had kept its prototype firmly under wraps until the reveal Wednesday.

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 is made up of goggles, a body-worn computer, and a wireless controller.

Major investors in the technology include Google, Chinese tech firm Alibaba, and Temasek, a Singapore-based sovereign wealth fund.

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

No price has been set for the product, but it is expected to ship in 2018, Business Insider reported. Previous reports had suggested a cost between $1,000 and $1,500. 

Rolling Stone described an ahead-of-release demo as “powerful” and the VR technology as realistic, but said the field of view seemed small. The glasses are meant to compete with HoloLens and have a bigger field of view than the competitor, but are not big enough, Rolling Stone said.

Magic Leap Senior Systems Engineer Sam Miller said the next generation system would have a larger field of view. “For the next generation product, it will be significantly bigger. We have that stuff working in the labs,” he said, Rolling Stone reported. 

Twitter users were excited about the Magic Leap headset even before they understood the technology. 

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