Magic Leap One Creator Edition is a mixed reality headset, that uses a light field display, to create a virtual environment, over the physical one, by projecting a focusable 3d image into the retinas, similar to real objects. It merges natural light with synthetic light fields, termed as “Digital Lightfield” to generate a truly mixed-reality experience. The illusion it creates is so realistic, that for once, who might even forget, whether the object you are interacting with, is a real object or virtual.
Magic Leap One is a kit of three items: Lightwear, Lightpack, and handheld controller.
The Lightwear is the Magic Leap One goggles, which will contain all the camera, sensors, speakers and optical relay work to provide input and visual to your eyes and ears. The sensor suite in the Lightwear makes the virtual objects, contextually aware, so that it reacts to the physical world, more realistically. The Spatial Audio provides accurate distance and intensity to virtual objects along with real-world objects, to give the AR world more depth. Lightwear has built-in speakers to relay the sound, but also has a headphone jack, in case you want to use it with headphone. It doesn’t allow to wear your prescription glasses but does provide an alternative to insert those lenses into the Lightwear itself, so that you can work even without glasses. The headpiece comes in two variants, and with multiple nose pieces, to adjust based on your face structure.
Magic Leap One is not required to be attached to any computer or system, as the processor required to run it, is packed into portable Lightpack, that can clip into your pocket. Lightpack contains NVIDIA® Parker SOC; 2 Denver 2.0 64-bit cores + 4 ARM Cortex A57 64-bit cores CPU, and NVIDIA Pascal™, 256 CUDA cores GPU, with 8GB of memory, 128GB of storage, supports Bluetooth 4.2 and WI-Fi 802.11ac/b/g/n connectivity, and a battery that can run up to 3 hours of continuous usage, and charges through 45-watt USB-C charger. The processing power is quite capable of handling GPU intensive rendering, and high-fidelity quality graphics.
Handheld Control System
The Lightwear is controlled via a one-handed controller, which is much smaller than Microsoft HoloLens /Oculus Rift or Vives’s controller. Being small and portable in nature, it doesn’t require any additional devices to provide 6DoF( size degrees fo freedom) tracking. It has a circular touchpad surrounded with LEDs, a trigger button, a home button, a shoulder button, and supports haptic feedback to control your mixed reality experience. The controller can last for 7.5 hours using an embedded battery, that can be charged through the 15-watt USB-C charger.
Built with Lumin OS
Magic Leap One is built on Lumin OS, that is custom built-in to optimize environment recognition and provide consistent high-fidelity digital content. Lumin OS supports social sharing feature, which allows you to share your creation with your friends, or in social media platforms, and let you interact with others, using Avatar Chat(coming this fall). it also allows for multiple spatial computing experiences to run parallelly, providing real-like interactions, with the objects, you are focusing on.
Magic Leap One Creator Edition is primarily made for creators and developers, to test the environment, and comes with only a limited number of apps. Few of them are:
- Web browser called Helio.
- Social suite: includes a virtual chat system for sharing and Avatar chat.
- Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders game
- Project Create: a sandbox mixed reality experience, that allows you to create virtual environments and objects
- NBA app preview
- Music app Tonandi
Unlike VR headsets, Magic Leap One has a restricted 50-degree diagonal field of view, which even though is more than Hololens, but still less for the mixed reality experience. The graphics are pretty good, but the illusion seems to break a little if you move your head too fast. The magic leap officials address this by saying, that the further-back objects could look best, which is termed as ‘viewing frustum’.
Magic Leap One Creator Edition, announced on August 8th, 2018 is priced at $2,295, and available only in select cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Seattle) for now. It is offered and hand delivered by a company called LiftOff, and Enjoy, and helps in setting it up. You can add a “Professional Development Edition” extension for $495, for an extra hub cable, and RapidReplace feature, which will allow you to replace your broken product, within 24 hours.
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Media sources: Magic Leap