Florida-based Magic Leap has unveiled what $2 billion dollars of Silicon Valley investment will get you. That’s an augmented reality/mixed reality (ar/mr) product called Magic Leap One: Creator Edition.
There are three components to the Magic Leap hardware:
- The goggles, called Lightwear which combine ‘digital Lightfield technology with environment mapping, precision tracking, and soundfield audio’
- A puck-like mini-computer called a Lightpack that attaches to the goggle and can be clipped to ones belt or pants
- A hand-held controller with force control, haptic feedback, and six degrees of freedom
In addition to examples of how the goggles can be used, the Magic Leap website offers some additional details about the technology. Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz, in an interview explains that they call it the “creator’s edition” because the device encourages “actively creating with the computer” instead of the passive consumption of content.
If you’re curious to understand what makes Magic Leap’s tech unique, Rolling Stone has among the most in-depth reports, including details from a reporter who has used the product.
The problem with experiential tech is that written descriptions don’t do it much justice, and it’s still difficult, at least for me, to gauge exactly how Magic Leap differs from existing ar/mr hardware.
Something we do know though is that Magic Leap employs a team of animators, even if it’s not exactly clear what they’ve been working on for the last couple years.
Some of the company’s animation team is ex-Moonbot employees, who were picked up last year following the collapse of the Shreveport, Louisiana studio.