Magic Leap One Mixed Reality Headset Shipping Today

Donna Miller
August 10, 2018

The big draw for business users and creatives alike is the level of immersion that Magic Leap claims is available with the system.

Magic Leap's software and browser use spatial computing, a technology that allows users to engage the space around them as a medium to interact with technology, meaning that people could do things like throw away an email in a real trash can or project and use their calendar on the wall.

Gamasutra recently spent some time using the headset and talking to the folks that built it, and you can read all about it if you're looking for more details about how it works and what it means for game devs.

Magic Leap One, the augmented reality headset from creator Magic Leap, is finally on the market, but it's extremely pricey. Magic Leap One Creator Edition is now available to purchase. The headset uses a combination of tracking cameras and a "photonics chip" lens to project images over the real world. The Lightpack features an Nvidia Tegra X2 mobile chipset, 8GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a battery that'll last three hours and charges over USB-C.

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Magic Leap made a lot of heads turn a few years ago with wonderful videos that showed glimpses into the augmented reality technology that it was working on. These include Tonandi, developed with the band Sigur Ros to experience their music in a new interactive, audio-visual experience, and Create, a mixed reality experience for users to develop their own adventures at home, developed by Magic Leap Studios. Magic Leap and Weta Workshop have also jointly built Dr. Grordbort's Invaders that will bring a hyper-realistic action gaming experience to the Magic Leap One in the coming future. You can pick one up now for $2,295 if you're so inclined, and it's available only in a few major cities right now, but you might want to hold off.

The Creator Edition is a "full-blown, working consumer-grade product", according to Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap.

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition comes with AR glasses, called the Lightwear; a wearable computer, called the Lightpack; and a handheld controller.

The Verge previewed the Magic Leap One before it was released, and described it as "an ambitious and well-built piece of hardware that's still held back by technical limitations". He had previously said that a version of Magic Leap would launch this summer, which ends on September 22.

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