Magic Leap's first AR headset will go on sale in 2018

Magic Leap finally reveals its headset: 'Lightwear' will go on sale next year

Magic Leap smart glasses have been in development for quite some time, and the company recently unveiled a "creator edition" of their augmented reality system. The first generation of Magic Leap hardware, dubbed Magic Leap One, is now set to launch in 2018.

The main concept and functionality are however clear, as the "Lightwear" glasses are backed by a "Lightpack" engine that drives the "spatial computing platform" and a handheld controller equipped with six degrees of freedom for "effortless navigation". Magic Leap says it plans to ship Magic Leap One in 2018.

Pricing and availability specifics for the headset weren't shared. The Magic Leap One is likely to be one of many products in the pipeline as the company has filed more than 100 patents.

Magic Leap's site lists several use cases for the headset, including web browsing and shopping, opening up multiple virtual monitors and telepresence.

Magic Leap - which is backed by $1.4 billion in funding - has been subject to speculation for months, as they continued to remain tight-lipped about the "mixed reality" device.

Magic Leap is eligible for a package of $9 million in state and local incentives for its $150 million capital investment in renovating the former Motorola building in Plantation for its headquarters and creating 725 jobs. Magic Leap said it uses Lightfield Photonics to generate digital light that blends seamlessly with the real-world lighting. "Here are some of the experiences we've been exploring, but they are just a jumping-off point", according to the company's site. Apparently, the company is also looking into adding prescription lenses to their smart glasses, allowing those of us with poor eyesight to experience augmented reality as well. The startup detailed that in addition to the controller, the headset will utilize voice, gesture, head pose and eye-tracking input.




"Our thought was, if we could figure out this signal and or approximate it, maybe it would be really cool to encode that into a wafer", he told Rolling Stone.

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz talked about those ideas in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Magic Leap's hardware appears to be geared for software makers. How it all pans out remains to be seen, perhaps relatively soon-Magic Leap will make its SDK and support materials available to developers in early 2018.

Abovitz was known previously for his medical device technology as a co-founder of Davie-based Mako Surgical, which was sold to Stryker.

Yet, if you read the coverage from today, it's as if every technology reporter has obtained the coveted Magic Leap product. Similarly, Business Insider, The Verge, Engadget, CNBC and others wrote about the website, citing the alleged features.

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