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Magic Leap One: the 3D viewer that seems to come from a steampunk film

noviembre 8, 2019

Magic Leap One the new augmented reality 3D viewer that looks like a pair of glasses coming out of a steampunk movie. For horde only for developers

Magic Leap presented its 3D viewer for augmented reality and virtual reality. Magic Leap One composed of a viewer, a real pair of steampunk-style glasses, a controller and a processing unit.

Magic Leap One the viewer for AR

The company has finally introduced Magic Leap One, which includes a viewer / earphone, a single-command controller and a lightpack processing unit, the latter to be worn over the waist like a high-tech baby carrier.

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The Magic Leap One external processing unit

Magic Leap One for developers now

The kit currently advertised as a device for "developers" and the timing for the launch to the general public, expected in 2018, is not clear. Hopefully it will be enough time for the company to actually show us the final product. No price has been announced yet.

The announcement made shows only some static images of how the product will appear and, thanks to the perfectly smooth details and the lack of a realistic cable connecting the headset to the lightpack, it is plausible to assume that Magic Leap showed a rendering in Photoshop of its product actual or its product retouched in photoshop.

Magic Leap One, the modified viewer

However, the company has stated that it is not a render, but only a slightly modified version of the real product, to hide some sensitive information, although some argue, based on the transparency of the products in one of the images presented, whether at least in part for rendering, or in any case for heavily modified images. Unfortunately, no video of the worn device has been published.

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The Magic Leap One worn

The features of the Magic Leap One viewer

From the headset lights are projected near the eyes to "convince" users that digital objects appear in the real world as if they were really there without the tension or brightness of a constantly active display.

However, how exactly the system projects these images and how you map an entire room so that digital objects remain in the correct position, regardless of when you put on and remove the viewer, not yet completely clear.

You can see eight sensors similar to cameras on the front of the device, but it is not clear if Magic Leap One will also contain rear and side sensors to help map out invisible parts of a room.

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The Magic Leap One single controller

Moreover, it is impossible to understand how comfortable Magic Leap One is to wear, since the images seem to be entirely made with a plastic shell. The best part of a VR or AR headset as it appears in action, but you have not yet had a chance to see a preview of the features, instead, we limit ourselves to be able to observe an image of a viewer that appears transparent at the eyes.

Magic Leap One the viewer actually increases to two models

A Rolling Stonedi Glixel article confirms that Magic Leap introduce two models of different sizes of the One viewer, something that even the biggest VR companies have chosen not to do, preferring instead to create screens mounted on the head that can adapt to any size of the face. The Glixel report also tells of a Magic Leap engineering trick: it reduces overloading simply by making a small portion of the full light field, since, according to the founder of Magic Leap, Rony Abovitz, the human brain processes only a small amount of such data, just like MP3s require only a reduced range of frequencies to almost perfectly recreate audio with full fidelity.

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This is how Magic Leap One appears, the viewer for augmented reality 3D

Magic Leap One technical features

The worst news from the Glixel report, however, is that the "field of vision" of Magic Leap, or how many effects of augmented reality may appear in the area when wearing glasses, is only slightly larger than that of the analogous Hololens from Microsoft. Brian Crecente of Glixel compared the area for augmented reality to "a VHS videotape held in front of you with half-open arms". There is currently no confirmation as to whether the tested viewer actually resembles the images just made public by the company.

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