After a long, long wait, augmented reality startup – Magic Leap – has finally taken the covers off its first AR glasses known as the ‘Magic Leap One.’ The first version of this AR headset will be called the ‘Creator Edition’.
Although not much information is revealed regarding the hard specs of the device, we do get to see the basic design of the headset.
Magic Leap One AR Headset
Magic Leap currently refers to this AR headset as Lightwear. Lightwear, According to Magic Leap, is “Engineered to be lightweight and comfortable for hours of exploration. We’ve combined our Digital Lightfield technology with environment mapping, precision tracking and soundfield audio to produce amazing experiences that feel natural.”
From the images released, we can make out that the Lightwear headset is comprised of an array-of-sensors, details of which are yet not available. One of the images shows two cables rolling out of the back of the AR headset which are said to unite before making their way to the computing unit.
In addition to this, the Lightwear headset carries a real-time computer vision processor. There are tiny high-end speakers for spatial audio as well as external cameras for inside-out positional tracking. While talking to Rolling Stone, Magic Leap founder and CEO, Rony Abovitz, said that the Lightwear headset comes with “eye tracking, and you’re going to use gesture, our input system for most of the experience.”
The FOV, Lightpack, and Controller
As per reports, the Lightwear AR headset will come with a forehead pad and temple pads which can be customised and adjusted for a comfortable fit. Before taking any orders, the company will also take user’s glasses prescriptions in order to build corrective lenses directly into the headset. Of course, this will come at some extra additional cost.
The field-of-view (FOV) of the Lightwear AR headset is very similar in size to “a VHS tape held in front of you with your arms half extended.”
There is an additional mobile computing machine called a ‘Lightpack’ that can be clipped to the user’s waist and is connected to the headset with a cable. The company says that it provides “[h]igh-powered processing and graphics, streamlined in a lightweight pack that stays right by your side.” Currently, the team is said to be working on battery optimization issues. The final part of the kit includes a hand-held controller which features haptic feedback, force control, and 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) movement.
Shipping of the Lightwear AR headset will start in 2018. Interested people can register by filling out the sign-up form at magicleap.com. No details regarding the pricing of the AR headset are currently available but the company is also releasing its software development kit in early 2018 “along with all of the tools, documentation, learning resources and support you’ll need to begin your journey.”