After a really long time of waiting, Magic Leap surprised their fans for christmas by unveiling its augmented reality goggles – Magic Leap One. Dubbed Lightwear, the goggle-style headset promises “amazing experiences that feel natural,” all powered by a hip-mounted, puck-shaped computer called a Lightpack.
“Engineered to be lightweight and comfortable for hours of exploration. We’ve combined our Digital Lightfield technology with environment mapping, precision tracking and soundfield audio to produce amazing experiences that feel natural,” it says on their website.
In terms of the possibilities of the Magic Leap One, it looks like it has somewhat similar AR features as Microsoft HoloLens and ARKit: digital graphics seamlessly merged with the real world, as you move around.
“Think about something close to like a MacBook Pro or an Alienware PC,” Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz said. “It’s got a powerful CPU and GPU. It’s got a drive, Wi-Fi, all kinds of electronics, so it’s like a computer folded up onto itself.”
The goggles will come in two sizes, and the forehead pad, nose pieces, and temple pads can all be customized to tweak the comfort and fit. By the time they launch, the company will also take prescription details to build into the lenses for those who typically wear glasses.
The headset also can sense the sound around a user through four built-in microphones and uses a real-time computer vision processor along with six external cameras to track the wearer and the world they’re in, in real-time.
Just for reminder, in October Magic Leap announced that it has raised $502 million in Series D equity funding, led by Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings. The augmented reality company raised such a sum propelling their total venture funding to $1.9 billion and it was the first company that raised such money without having product to show for it.
Last week, they presented their new mixed reality app Tónandi created in collaboration with Icelandic band Sigur Rós. The demo, that’s later described as ‘”maddening”, lasted about eight to 10 minutes, and features new music that band made for the app. There are fantastical spirit-like creatures that conformed to real-world objects in the demo room, and interacting with certain virtual objects produced different sounds, such as the singer’s voice.