Magic Leap, one of the best-funded startups ever (considered by some to be one of the clearest signs of a tech startup bubble) launched the commercial version of its Magic Leap One mixed reality visor. The system is now available through the company’s website for $2,295 and shipping to selected areas. The Magic Leap One package includes the Lightwear goggle, the Control system, the Lightpack software, a one-year limited warranty and an optional shoulder strap.
The future of 3D printing – especially a hypothetical mass diffusion of consumer 3D printing – inevitably passes through increased familiarity with and accessibility to 3D software and 3D visualization systems. Only when the majority of the population will be able to handle, modify and create virtual 3D objects will they require 3D printing to bring them out into reality. For this reason, we have covered both virtual reality and mixed reality systems in the past and we continue to increasingly do so on 3D Printing Media Network while tracking interesting companies on the 3D Printing Business Directory Index.
The visor’s unique design and technology lets in natural light waves together with softly layered synthetic light-fields. Both the real world and virtual light rays initiate neural signals that pass from the retina to the visual part of the brain, creating very believable experiences. The Magic Leap One is inspired by human physiology to make the unreal feel real.
Magic Leap One Lightwear – which is the actual wearable hardware in the Magic Leap One package – is a portal into virtual worlds within real worlds (hence the name mixed reality). Its cameras, sensors, speakers and optical relay work together with a superpowered processor in the Lightpack to provide a unique input to one’s visual system. In other words, retinas are the canvas, light is the medium, Magic Leap One is the brush.
The sensor suite on Magic Leap One Lightwear makes 3D digital objects contextually aware. So, for example, if you make 3D digital penguins walk off the edge of the coffee table, they fall off the edge of the coffee table, just like real penguins would.
Spatial Audio naturally blends virtual objects with the real world by relaying distance and intensity with high accuracy and control. In other words, this means you won’t need to turn around to know how quickly a virtual 3D T-Rex is gaining on you in the next Jurassic Park simulation.
In addition, Magic Leap One can be equipped with a lens insert based on a personalized prescription for eyeglasses. So even without glasses, you’ll still be able to see crystal clear experiences, crystal clearly.