Just finished watching Magic Leap’s latest Stream on Twitch. I haven’t seen the previous ones, but I will keep following the upcoming ones for sure.
In the Stream, Magic Leap showed what they called “Special Computer”, which includes the headset, the pocket-attackable computing hardware unit and the 6DoF controller.
Update: here is the video as promised.
Magic Leap emphasize the device core functionality of allowing digital content to coexist in the real world and making that content also persistent so if you leave it and come back, it will exist the last place you left it. If that functionality is desired, of course, it depends on the app.
Magic Leap also talked about Light Field. Light Field allow sharing color and depth information by mimicking the way we see the world with our own eyes, with the light bouncing off objects and then reaching the eye. This technology leads to a more natural view.
The Magic Leap headset has many sensors and cameras, mainly in the front of the glasses. This includes a world camera at the front which can be used for taking pictures. There are also inward facing cameras that can detect eye movement, show where you are looking and what are your eyes are focusing on.
The inner part also includes spatialized audio so you can hear sounds as they are physically there in different locations around you. The audio was designed to also allow the external sounds to be heard. This is important to allow a more immersive mixed reality experience, with sounds around you also being part of the experience itself. There are also built-in microphones to record audio within the world.
The Light Pack, which is the computing unit that powers all of that awesome technology has a power button to turn on the device. ON the top left there is an auxiliary jack if you want to use in-ear buds as well. There are volume buttons and a USB-C connector for charging which can also be used as input method by plugin the device to an external computer and input content into the device using a standard USB cable.
The Light Pack was designed to be work onto a pocket, not a belt. In fact, It’s recommended not to use it completely inside a pocket because it has thermal exustion that works best when part of the device sits outside the pocket.
The controller is a handheld component that interacts with the content. It has a power button that doubles as a home button. It has a touchpad on top with LED sensors on the touchpad that highlight areas of interaction. You hold the device with the thumb on top and the finger at the front.
The Magic Leap goggles have interchangeable pieces for the nose and eyebrow (pad) so people can adjust them for better comfortability. The nose piece is important because it supposed to allow proper alignment for eye tracking, not just for comfort.
Magic Leap recommend not using glasses with its headset. The company has partnered with 3rd party companies to deliver prescription lenses for people who wear glasses. It works with partners in order for it to be available when the product launches.
The marketing director of Magic Leap gave developers some tips and share the important understanding that with Magic Leap you are no longer restricted to a rectangular format. This new medium breaks the boundaries of the screen and comes into the environment itself. She also recommended making content close to the user so users can interact with it and check its details, rather than putting it far away from the user. Users can use background elements of course, if they choose to.
Someone asked Magic Leap about the average battery life. They only said that the battery can last several hours, but it depends on how intensive the app is, what features are used, etc. Of course, when using digital content covering more of the environment will make the battery last less.
Anyways, this is a quick update. I will put the video here once it’s available.