Magic Leap finally launches mixed reality headset: What businesses need to know

Judy Cobb
August 10, 2018

The system, which includes the "Lightwear" headset, a controller, and a battery and computer pack that goes into your pocket called "Lightpack", will cost $2,295.

The buzz around Magic Leap's tech led the Florida-based startup to raise over $2.3 billion from investors including Google, Alibaba, top-tier Sand Hill Road venture capitalists, and Saudi Arabia's sovereign investment arm.

But Magic Leap says buyers can register their interest and receive an alert when sales of the headset open in their city or country. The Lightpack comes installed with an Nvidia Corp.

Controlling the headset is done with voice and a touch-sensitive trackpad on the wand controller, which also has a trigger button, a bumper button and a home button. The AR headset comes with a premium price tag of $ 2295. There is Tónandi, a collaboration between Sigur Rós and Magic Leap Studios, and provides an "interactive audio-visual exploration of the sounds and spirit of the band".

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Project Create provides a virtual sandbox in a user's living room (or anywhere else) for drawing, painting and building stories. He also recent said that "Day 1" is coming soon. The upcoming Dr. Grordbort's Invaders is an action game involving invading evil robots, developed with Weta Workshop. From the look of it, Magic Leap's untethered experience doesn't seem half bad, but I'm still skeptical of the quality as I haven't had the chance to try it yet.

There is still a great deal about Magic Leap and its flagship mixed reality (MR) product that we simple do not know, including the full specifications and capabilities of the Magic Leap One.

The device also runs a number of core applications with the Magic Leap system, such as the Helio web browser which supports 3D and spatial web experiences, the Screens video player for multiple displays in the user's physical space, and Magic Leap's Social application to connect and collaborate with others. "With Magic Leap, we are setting a new precedent for a truly immersive shopping experience leveraging the power of mixed reality and the ease of web". It will use machine learning middleware and the company will make available a software development kit and development tools to access it.

Magic Leap, the company that has been promising the best in augmented reality for the past four years, has finally released the Magic Leap One to developers.

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