Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Magic Leap unveiled today what $2 billion dollars of Silicon Valley investment will get you: an augmented reality/mixed reality (ar/mr) product called “Magic Leap One: Creator Edition.”
There are three components to the Magic Leap hardware:
- The goggles, called Lightwear, which combine “digital Lightfield technology with environment mapping, precision tracking, and soundfield audio”
- A puck-like mini-computer called a Lightpack that attaches to the goggle and can be clipped to your belt or pants
- A hand-held controller with force control, haptic feedback, and six degrees of freedom
The Magic Leap website offers some additional vague details about the technology, in addition to examples of how the goggles can be used, ranging from the practical (spatial web browsing) to entertainment (gaming), as well as the nonsensical (painting with turtles instead of paintbrushes?). In this interview, Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz explains that they call it the “creator’s edition” because the device encourages “actively creating with the computer” instead of the passive consumption of content.