Magic Leap Finally Reveals Hardware, Dev Kits Ship Early 2018

Magic Leap finally reveals its headset: 'Lightwear' will go on sale next year

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.

After a 3-year-long development process, we'll soon see the Magic Leap smart glasses with a 2018 release.

The company describes its technology as generating digital light blended with natural light "to produce lifelike digital objects that coexist in the real world".

Magic Leap is calling its glasses Lightwear, the battery pack Lightpack, and the controller is called Control.

Referred to as Magic Leap One Creator Edition, Magic Leap seems to be on to something special.

Once again, Magic Leap dribbles out its most pertinent information leaving fans to still wonder and speculate about pricing and availability.

The glasses contain six cameras, with creators suggesting the headset be used for web shopping, browsing, for entertainment, and other uses. We are more of a premium artisanal computer, " suggesting we are nearly certainly talking about several thousand dollars. Though the company said it was using its "Digital Lightfield" technology, we still don't actually know what that means and whether they are using true light field tech or something that can simply fake it.




Magic Leap content ranges from games to music experiences to Oculus Connect-like digital collaborations so far, and these are being billed as "just a jumping-off point" for creators.

Beyond the connecting hardware, the Magic Leap One will respond to several inputs including gestures, voice, head movement and eye tracking.

According to the Rolling Stone piece, future versions of Magic Leap's headset "significantly expands the field of view".

Magic Leap - which is backed by $1.4 billion in funding - has been subject to speculation for months, as they continued to remain tight-lipped about the "mixed reality" device.

Magic Leap's hardware appears to be geared for software makers.

There's no word on exactly when you'll be able to buy the Magic Leap One, or indeed how much it will cost (but it will be pricey). How it all pans out remains to be seen, perhaps relatively soon-Magic Leap will make its SDK and support materials available to developers in early 2018. The large investments in Magic Leap's infrastructure before the company even announced a product left the world questioning what it could possibly be brewing behind closed doors. And it's based in Florida, not California. Similarly, Business Insider, The Verge, Engadget, CNBC and others wrote about the website, citing the alleged features.

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