Magic Leap, the secretive mixed reality company, has finally unveiled its first headset.
The Magic Leap One, which is more akin to a pair of goggles, will become available to developers as a “Creator Edition” in 2018.
The SDK, which developers can use to power the experiences, will drops early next year, the company says.
Interestingly, the HoloLens rival will be powered by a separate hardware unit, which neatly clips into a jeans pocket and appears far from cumbersome.
Today, we also got our look at the single controller which has a touch-sensitive thumbpad and motion sensors offering six degrees of freedom.
Magic Leap One specs and features
In terms of specs and features, Magic Leap is still keeping things under wraps. It promises a high-powered chipset with a next generation interface. That much we could have guessed.
Of course, the magic in Magic Leap comes from the firm’s digital light field technology.
In a webpage touting the unveiling on Wednesday Magic Leap explained: “Our lightfield photonics generate digital light at different depths and blend seamlessly with natural light to produce lifelike digital objects that coexist in the real world.
“This advanced technology 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.”
Meanwhile, the Visual Perception tech enables the sensors to reconstruct physical surroundings. This, for example, enables the interactive lightfield objects to appear within a real world environment.
So, as the company says, you can have a virtual display on your desk next to your computer monitor, or a panda crawling across your living room sofa.
Users will be able to fill their living space with displays all showing different content, while Magic Leap is also promising it’ll bring gaming experiences to life by bringing characters into your living room.
Magic Leap One price and release date
The reveal brings to an end many months of speculation and teases.
Pre-orders are yet to open and Magic Leap hasn’t yet named its price, but there is the option to sign up to be among the first to know when it becomes available.
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