Magic Leap Headset, Augmented Reality Tech, Unveiled

“What if you had the entire world as your album cover?” muses Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz. Image of Tónandi app courtesy of Magic Leap

Here's hoping Magic Leap One changes that.

After three years of secrecy and an astonishing $1.9 billion in funding, Magic Leap Inc. is finally ready to reveal its augmented reality technology to the world. 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. The company claims a "creator edition" of its Magic Leap One device will begin shipping sometime in 2018, although an exact date or even month has not been given. Add to that the ability to project multiple displays, "be present anywhere" when talking to friends or co-workers, and getting creative using that wireless haptic controller. We've combined our Digital Lightfield technology with environment mapping, precision tracking and soundfield audio to produce fantastic experiences that feel natural, " it says on their website.

The glasses contain six cameras, with creators suggesting the headset be used for web shopping, browsing, for entertainment, and other uses.

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. "Here are some of the experiences we've been exploring, but they are just a jumping-off point", according to the company's site. Magic Leap Chief Executive Rony Abovitz told Rolling Stone that Lightpack is similar in power to a MacBook Pro or an Alienware gaming PC. The breakthrough, according to Abovitz, was that the brain's visual cortex approximates a processor, and that if Magic Leap could render only the parts of a "light field" that the eye is looking at, it could turn it into a headset. "That we could make a small wafer that could emit the digital light field signal back through the front again". Unlike its competitors like Facebook's Oculus Rift or Samsung's Gear VR, Magic Leap will use a proprietary wearable technology that enables users to interact with digital devices in a completely visually cinematic way.

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Magic Leap didn't mention a price in Wednesday's announcement, but people close to the company have previously said to expect it to cost between $1,000 and $1,500.

Major investors in the technology include Google, Chinese tech firm Alibaba, and Temasek, a Singapore-based sovereign wealth fund. Magic Leap refers to this as the engine that "drives our spatial computing platform".

This post originally appeared on Business Insider.

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