Magic Leap shows off AR headset that ships in 2018

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On the software side, Magic Leap is highlighting their platform's ability. The goggles connect to a self-contained, puck-shaped computer called the Lightpack, small enough to clip to your clothing but apparently comparable in power to a Macbook Pro or Alienware PC. For comfort, the headset features a forehead pad, nose pieces, and temple pads.

After a really long time of waiting, Magic Leap surprised their fans for christmas by unveiling its augmented reality goggles - Magic Leap One.

No price has been set for the product, but it is expected to ship in 2018, Business Insider reported.

The company updated is website Wednesday morning to include photos of the company's "mixed reality" headset, the Magic Leap One. Don't expect it to be cheap, though, as Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz has called it an "artisanal" computer for early adopters.

"Magic Leap's 'Creator Portal" will give developers the chance to experiment with the power of lightfield, leading to a flood of innovation around new use cases and UX'.

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The firm was recently granted a patent for what appeared to be their AR glasses, sparking fresh rumors just this summer. Critics of AR and VR have often said that the devices must be less bulky and resemble a pair of glasses.

"While it didn't look indistinguishable from reality, it was close" Rolling Stone's Brian Crecente wrote of a virtual theme park demo he tried.

There's no word on exactly when you'll be able to buy the Magic Leap One, or indeed how much it will cost (but it will be pricey). "Magic Leap's Lightwear doesn't offer you a field of view that matches your eyes". That injection should value the company at about $6 billion, people familiar with the situation said in September, and brings the total amount raised to $1.8 billion. The company hasn't released detailed specifics of their functions, but the frame around the lenses features eight sensors on the front of the Magic Leap One headset, which provide spatial tracking (provided by Dacuda's 3D scanning technology), hand tracking, and object awareness. The FOV is said to be larger than HoloLens but still limited according to a report from The Verge. It's got a powerful CPU and GPU.

This investor look was in the spring, which indicated the glasses depicted in the patent may be an older version that has already been scrapped. That's the concept behind AR or "mixed reality".

While the patent states that Magic Leap applied for it in September 2015 and that Magic Leap is the assignee, the company denied it depicts its actual glasses. It's the first time Magic Leap has put a deadline on its product.

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