Magic Leap’s mixed reality headset is finally available

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After years of secret development and billions and billions of dollars, you can end up buying a Magic Jump mixed reality headset.

The Magical Leap A Creator-Edition, which the company calls a “spatial computing” device, officially ships in the US today for $2,295. The system comes with three pieces: a headset called Lightwear; a small, portable computer, called the Lightpack with an integrated CPU and GPU to the headset of the graphics, and a handheld controller that resembles that of an HTC Vive, or other VR-headset-controller.

For the past seven years, Magic Leap has built up endless hype and increasing scepticism along with more than $2.3 billion in funding from the likes of Alibaba, Andreesen Horowitz, Google, Warner Bros., and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The secretive startup has also struck content partnerships with Disney and the NBA.


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The mixed reality experience itself is similar to that of Microsoft’s HoloLens, or the 3D AR/VR experiences you can build with tools such as Amazon Sumerian. The headset computer vision and spatial audio technology powers mixed reality gaming, the ability to fill the real world with persistent, true-to-life digital objects, and the soundfield audio.

Two cables come from the rear of the Lightwear headset, which feed down in the circular, belt-mounted Lightpack hardware unit. The wireless controller provides force control and haptic feedback with six degrees of freedom, smooth movement and intuitive gesture response.

As for the specs, the system is packing an Nvidia Parker CPU with two Denver 2.0 64-bit cores and four ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit cores. The GPU is a Nvidia Pascal with 256 CUDA cores and the Lightpack has 8GB RAM and 128 gb storage capacity and a lithium-ion battery, but fully charged, it only powers three hours of continuous use.

The system also has its own software called LuminOS that is ” optimized for environment recognition and ongoing digital content.” The OS has a social feature called Avatar Chat support for the sharing of experiences in mixed reality, and lets you create multiple virutal screens of any size to view entertainment content. There is also a gallery feature to showcase photos, videos and 3D objects.

The company said that it will soon be a prescription lens insert for the headset, adjusted on the basis of the eyeglass prescriptions. You can buy a Magical Leap to A Creator Edition here.

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