Magic Leap One is Magic Leap’s mixed reality headset. Finally, we get to see a real actual product. Magic Leap One uses Lightfield technology, environment mapping to produce and precision tracking to make virtual objects come to life in the real world and produce a convincing and a natural mixed-reality experience.
The first thing that I’ve always wondered is how companies will be able to feet the needed computing power into a small and lightweight mixed-reality headset. Well, Magic Leap did it with its Lightpack, a portable spatial computing platform that powered all this technology. The Lightpack is connected to the glasses via cables but can be mounted in your jeans’ pocket. So essentially Magic Leap create two separated hardware components to make sure Magic Leap One will be comfortable to wear for a long period of time, but at the same time, provide the necessary computing power to help deliver high-quality mixed-reality experiences.
Unlike ARKit and ARCore that just detect surfaces, Magic Leap One detects surfaces, planes, and objects as well. This allows much more precise reconstruction of your physical surrounding, allowing developers to build more immersive and unique interactive experiences.
Another great feature is referred by Magic Leap as “Persistent Objects” This means that their room-mapping technology can remember the location of walls and physical objects and once you put virtual objects in the scene, it will be there when you revisit the scene.
Added to this mixed-reality experience is Soundfield Audio, allow users to know exactly where the sound is coming from. So when a virtual create crawls behind you, you’ll know that his footsteps come from behind and won’t sound like an ambient sound doesn’t give you any understanding of its location.
Magic Leap plans to deliver the product and their SDK with all the tools and documentation and learning resources in Early 2018.
I know many of you probably want to know how Magic Leap One is different than Microsoft HoloLens, what are its pros and cons and what’s the price of these glasses? I still don’t have answered to those questions, but I’ll do my best to read more about this new mixed-reality (MR) glasses and try to answer a few of those open questions.
I have to admit that those glasses look really cool, much better than the awkward HoloLens glasses.
You can find more information about Magic Leap and Magic Leap One on the official websites at magicleap.com.