Following many years of speculation and billions of dollars raised, Magic Leap is at last available for pre-order for developers and also major AR and VR nerds. Magic Leap’s headset, the device that may transform the way we perceive reality itself is actually a real thing.
The Magic Leap One is available in certain locations in the U.S., checked via zip code on the company’s website, with clients in other locations advised to register for notifications once the goggles are for sale in other places. The ones getting the high-priced headset will get the product shipped free of charge, and will also be given support for its very first setup. At the moment, it can be purchased in parts of Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Don’t expect to have a massive software library, though. The Creator Edition contains just a few “preview experiences” like the Sigur Rós collaboration Tónandi, the sandbox app Create and the blast-em-up game Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders. This is certainly for individuals that expect to create their own applications for Magic Leap’s mixed reality OS, not necessarily enthusiasts looking forward to a substantial catalog to keep them entertained.
“This is the next step in Magic Leap’s journey to create the next computing platform using computer vision, light-field technology and spatialized audio, in concert with the human brain,” the company said.
The mixed-reality system, which includes a pocket computer, headset, and controller, uses an Nvidia Tegra X2 processor. The system on a chip, codenamed Parker, makes use of two ARM Cortex-A57 cores as well as a Denver 2 core. The system has 128GB of storage and 8 GB of memory. The Magic Leap One Creators Edition runs on battery power that can last about a day of light use.
The Magic Leap is said to employ a new technology which will replicate light fields to trick the brain into thinking it truly is seeing real-world objects in the space in front of a user. The end result is intended to be a mixing of reality and virtuality into a cohesive and responsive scene.
The Magic Leap One Creator Edition is shipping now in “select areas” in the United States for $2,295.