Mar 26, 2018

The Secrets of MagicLeap

A Sneak Peek into the Company's MR Glasses

Yaroslav Kaplan
At the end of last year, we wrote about mixed reality glasses Magic Leap One. If you have not heard anything about them yet, then we recommend you to start with our last year's article.

On March 19, Magic Leap announced the launch of a developer's portal on which SDK (software development kit — PO for development) for its new operating system called Lumin is available.

Nowadays, we know a lot more about the $ 2.3 billion-dollar device than from all prior press releases. This is what we will discuss in our article
OC Lumin is built on Linux and Android Open Source Project.

The apps for Magic Leap will work on its own Lumin Runtime engine, but other platforms such as Unity and Unreal Engine 4 will also be supported.

The first major distinction of the Lumin engine is that it allows you to launch several apps at once and it lets you combine them into "a single unified experience." It should look approximately like the earlier demo which the company showed in 2016.
In total, developers obtained access to 13 platforms: stage building, moving and rendering objects in real-time, hand gesture set-up as well as integrating virtual objects into the real world.
It is worth singling out an accessible functionality for eye and pose position detection as well as physical space depth.
Magic Leap One will constantly be scanning its physical surroundings. Upon returning to known surroundings, the device will be able to restore information it saved from previous sessions. In other words, virtual objects will remain in the same room where you last saw them.

Magic Leap One glasses will support 8 gestures for managing objects in the virtual landscape. Having said this, VR glasses from Microsoft, HoloLens, support only three gestures and another competitor, Meta 2, seven.

Considering the latest patent request for translating sign language, there is reason to believe that Magic Leap will continue to expand its set of gestures.

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Based on another fresh patent request, we found out about their own surround sound technology, Soundfield Audio, which will soon be available for the Lumin Runtime engine as well as Unity and Unreal Engine. Until then, developers can use the SDK Resonance Audio from Google.

Obviously, Magic Leap is making a huge bet on the expansion of the developer community. On the Creator Portal we mentioned earlier, there is a chat room along with video tutorials and detailed textual guides on how to create content.

You can test your app without even having the device itself. For this there is the Magic Leap Remote simulator.

In the near future, there will be a new marketplace where developers will be able to publish and sell their apps. Therefore, if you are a developer and believe in the bright future of Magic Leap One MR glasses, then now is the right time to begin studying them.

If you are a user or enthusiast, then build up your patience. Most likely by the end of 2018 we will be able to see the first Magic Leap use cases and they look to be impressive.

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Tags: Magic Leap, Lumin, SDK, Unity, Unreal Engine
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