Dec 27, 2017

Magic Leap

5 Main Questions and Answers

Yaroslav Kaplan
On December 20, Magiс Leap updated its website, for the first time showing the concept of augmented reality glasses, which had a bombshell effect. A number of world publications, including TechCrunch, Business Insider, Rolling Stone, Wareable and others, have released material about the device.

In this article, we answer the 5 main questions about Magic Leap so that everything becomes clear.


What is Magic Leap

and Why is there so Much Noise Swirling Around it?
Lightwear™ glasses, wearable computer Lightpack™ and the controller, which for some reason did not get the name
First of all: Magic Leap is the name of a company from Florida. And the product that they are about to launch is called Magic Leap One.

It includes futuristic mixed reality glasses, a small portable computer that processes information and at the same time feeds the glasses, as well as a controller with a touchpad.

Work on the project took 6 years and held in strict secrecy. During this time, the startup has attracted an impressive $ 1.9 billion investment from a number of companies, including Google and Alibaba. Thus, the capitalization of Magic Leap rose to $ 6 billion, which seemed crazy for a company that does not even have a finished product yet.
Magic Leap One is designed to reinvent the way people interact with computers and the surrounding reality.


How Does it Work

and What is So Revolutionary About it?
Although Magic Leap One is called augmented reality glasses (AR) or mixed reality (MR), this is not entirely correct. Within the company itself, they prefer to use the terms "spatial computer" and "digital light field."

If you have never worn Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality glasses, which are the closest analogue to Magic Leap One, then recall the movie "Minority Opinion", where the hero Tom Cruise used gestures to control a virtual display board.

In simple terms, the company invented a way to deceive a person's brain, showing him digital objects in the outside world. In such a situation, you perceive them as quite real, and this allows you to comfortably use glasses for a long time.
Magic Leap One-Person Demonstration


What Can We Do with ML One

It is for Work or Play?
The glasses were created for long daily usage. The official video shows examples of watching videos on YouTube, reading mail and playing shooter games. Journalist Brian Crescent, who tried several of Magic Leap One’s pre-production samples, also describes a virtual robot with which to interact. It is likely that this is how Siri or Alexa virtual assistants will look like in the future.

The device will have a completely new interface with support for voice, gestures, and eye tracking, which allows the eye to control digital objects like a mouse on a computer. In addition, the system renders exactly the object that you are looking at in a particular moment, which saves processor resource and improves picture quality.
Opportunities of Magic Leap One
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When Can We Buy ML One

and How Much Will They Cost?
Lightwear Glasses from the Magic Leap One kit
So far, the company announced the release for ealrly 2018 of the so-called version of Creator Edition, which is a limited edition for developers and enthusiasts. For them, a special portal with documentation, development tools and other resources will be available.

The release date of the consumer version, as well as its cost, is still unknown. According to unconfirmed rumors, Magic Leap One will be released in two sizes, and the price will range from $ 1,000 to $ 1,500


What's Next?

possibilities and risks
The nearest future according to the creators of Magic Leap One
We should note that Magic Leap One is not the first attempt to develop augmented/mixed reality glasses. One of the pioneers was Google Glass, and at currently there are at least two more direct competitors on the market — Meta 2 and Microsoft HoloLens. Eye tracking has long been sought by the company Tobii.

Most likely, such devices in the foreseeable future will be as familiar for us as smartphones in 2017. However, so far not everyone is ready to wear glasses all the time, or even a mini-computer. Moreover, the price for them is quite high.

However, Magic Leap founder Roni Albovitz claims that his product is constantly improving and may change significantly by the time the consumer version is delivered. Well, we can only prepare for the future, which, as it seems, is about to come.
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Tags: Magic Leap, One, Meta2, Microsoft HoloLens, Tobii
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