Magic Leap Smart Glasses Slated For 2018 Release

Bill Rogers
December 21, 2017

Billed as the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, the smart glasses feature an array of sensors on the front, connected via a wire to a battery and computing pack created to be worn on the belt, matching the details first reported by Business Insider earlier this year.

Unlike current VR headsets, Magic Leap is a "mixed reality" device. 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.

The integrated processing unit you see in the image is suppose to deliver high-fidelity, gaming-quality graphics, with the power and performance of a laptop computer.

Founded in 2011, the once secretive Magic Leap has raised more than $1.8 billion from investors that include Google, Alibaba, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment.

Magic Leap's website says the headset will ship in 2018, adding that the "product is continually advancing and may be different at time of shipment". With how long the development process has taken, it's clear that implementing this new technology and getting it to work the way they want is not an easy feat for the augmented reality company. Instead, we got nausea inducing contraptions which cost too much and haven't found a way to grab consumer attention. This allows objects displayed in mixed-reality to move and react to real-world objects like tables or couches without clipping through them. Wearers can project screens onto walls as well as objects and animated characters right before their eyes, turning the surfaces of the real-world into a virtual playground of sorts.

After keeping the tech world guessing for six years, Magic Leap may have achieved ideal timing as giants like Apple, Google and Facebook are investing heavily on their own AR technology.

Microsoft Holo Lens  Magic Leap One
Left Microsoft Holo Lens | Right Magic Leap One Microsoft Magic Leap

But you can't get away with using Magic Leap One without this spatial computing platform.

"This isn't a pair of glasses with a camera on it".

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

A separate component - meant to be worn on a belt - contained the GPU and CPU and was about the size of a portable CD player.

The motion controller gives six degrees of freedom with smooth and intuitive responses to gestures. "Here are some of the experiences we've been exploring, but they are just a jumping-off point", according to the company's site. However, if the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC (likely), Magic Leap's marketing team could simply be capitalizing on the recent reveal of Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows laptops.

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