Magic Leap debuts augmented reality glasses

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The diskman size attachment is called the Lightpack which houses the lion share of power need to run the Magic Leap One and includes a dedicated graphics card while the goggles also contain a separate processor, cameras and built-in speakers.

Magic Leap on Wednesday finally unveiled its augmented reality headset called the Magic Leap One Creator Edition.

While they haven't yet said when it will ship, or how much the device will cost, they say the devices will begin shipping in 2018. From editing an elaborate 3D model to playing a first-person shooter in your living room, Magic Leap One is supposed to produce lightfield objects in intricate detail. In October, Magic Leap raised $502 million in a funding round led by Temasek Holdings Pte., Singapore's state-owned investment company. After that, it's all about content and what developers manage to create.

The firm was recently granted a patent for what appeared to be their AR glasses, sparking fresh rumors just this summer. The proof of concept there is obvious - imagine wearing a simple pair of glasses that offered Google Maps within your vision.

"While it didn't look indistinguishable from reality, it was close" Rolling Stone's Brian Crecente wrote of a virtual theme park demo he tried.

On the Magic Leap One's official website, we're unfortunately largely treated to pompous and vague taglines and "features" like "designed for discovery", "persistent objects", "high powered chipset", "next generation interface" and "displays on demand".

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Our most recent information about Magic Leap comes from an exclusive given to writers at Rolling Stone.

Other investors included Qualcomm, the world's leading phone chipmaker, Andreessen Horowitz, KKR, and Legendary Entertainment. Magic Leap refers to this as the engine that "drives our spatial computing platform".

So, the user is able to see through the glass, called the 'photonic lightfield chip'. The headset also resembles more of a goggle than a typical VR headset shape. The FOV is said to be larger than HoloLens but still limited according to a report from The Verge. While the company isn't talking about CPU and GPU chips, this disk-shaped is where the high-powered processing takes place. While they've seen limited application in the workplace, the average user now doesn't have much of a reason to go out and buy a piece of equipment to experience augmented reality.

While the patent states that Magic Leap applied for it in September 2015 and that Magic Leap is the assignee, the company denied it depicts its actual glasses.

It's been a long time coming considering the fact that Magic Leap has been in development for five years now, with nothing but conceptual ideas to show.

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