Magic Leap One mixed reality glasses launch in six U.S. cities

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in General Discussion edited August 8
Virtual and augmented reality company Magic Leap is starting to ship its mixed reality headset, with the Creator Edition of the Magic Leap One initially being made available in a number of cities across the United States for $2,295.




The Magic Leap One is being offered in specific areas in the U.S., checked via zip code on the company's website, with customers in other areas advised to sign up for notifications when the hardware is being offered in other areas. Those ordering the high-priced headset will get the device delivered for free, and will be provided with assistance for its initial setup.

Currently, it is available to buy in parts of Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

As a "Creator Edition" device, it is also being offered alongside a Professional Development Package that provides other benefits, including a hub that can be used to both charge the device and connect it to a computer. The $495 package also provides a replacement headset within 24 hours, if it is faulty.

The current design of the Magic Leap One system consists of three components, including the Lightwear goggles themselves, a tracking touchpad controller, and the Lightpack. The last item powers the entire system, and contains a six-core Nvidia Parker processor, Nvidia Pascal graphics, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and 128 gigabytes of storage.

The Lightpack also contains a rechargeable battery that is said to offer up to 3 hours of continuous usage, and offers connectivity over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and USB-C.





Magic Leap initially revealed the One suite in December 2017, after seven years and a reported $1.9 billion in development costs. In March 2018, the company started to provide developers with a software development kit in order to produce content for the unreleased hardware.

The new release enters a relatively uncrowded mixed reality market, with its main competitor for the moment consisting of Microsoft's HoloLens and third-party vendors producing Windows Mixed Reality headsets. It is also having to compete against smartphone-based AR systems, such as Apple's ARKit, and VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Apple has been rumored to be stepping into the augmented reality hardware marketplace, with previous reports suggesting the company to be working on AR glasses or goggles. Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly rebuffed the rumors, indicating in one interview that Apple is unlikely to launch such a device anytime soon.
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  • Reply 1 of 22
    LOL this isn't even close to what they promised visually. This might be the Theranos of AR.
    boxcatcherjbdragonSpamSandwichtmay1STnTENDERBITSkumamonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 22
    Boston zip codes work
  • Reply 3 of 22
    The ball is in your court Apple.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 22
    It is also having to compete against smartphone-based AR systems, such as Apple's ARKit”, lol.
  • Reply 5 of 22
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 5,094member
    This is what they produced after spending almost two BILLION dollars in development?
    chasmSpamSandwichwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 22
    nunzynunzy Posts: 527member
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
  • Reply 7 of 22
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 1,781member
    nunzy said:
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
    Why? Who cares! Few people are going to spend a couple grand on AR glasses and with so little real support. It's just way, way to costly. It's like the $1500 Google Glass that didn't sell. If it was $199, great, it should have took off for what it was, but not at $1500. Few are going to buy these dorky looking $2,295.00 AR glasses.

    Who says Apple is going to be in the market soon? Is that wishful thinking? Apple may be working on AR, but then they are working on all kinds of things. Some gets released other things don't. Depends if they think there's a market for it, and it'll sell.

    You could slap a Apple logo on this AR thing and few are going to buy it at 2+ grand. Is there even a big enough AR market? Or is it about as dead as the VR market. Maybe they'll make a comeback once again in another 20 years. Who knows, but Magi Leap is not a enemy of Apple. That's just dumb. There's zero need to destroy Magic Leap,.. another dumb comment. Why? Again, they'll sell only a few of these things anyway. Did they do something to offend you? They have every right to make AR devices as anyone else does. They sure didn't copy Apple as Apple has nothing, and Apple I don't think would release something so ugly or at such a high price point. Not if they want them to sell.
    edited August 8 nunzywatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 22
    roakeroake Posts: 563member
    nunzy said:
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
    After watching that video, I suspect we won’t have to.
    nunzychasmalanhwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 22
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,458member
    nunzy said:
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
    Srsly?  This is AppleInsider, not Apple Infantry Corps.
    nunzyStrangeDaysboltsfan171STnTENDERBITSCarnage
  • Reply 10 of 22
    I'm still waiting on a compelling AR use-case; playing a video game is nowhere on my list of needs (or wants).
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 22
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,509member
    The initial “promise” of this thing was augmented reality integrated into the real world. Just watch the video. You need a darkened room for it to have enough contrast so you can see the computer graphics. What an incredible waste. This thing is DOA. It went from vaporware to vaporproduct.
    edited August 8 boxcatcherwatto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 22
    nunzy said:
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
    LOL

    Really?
    nunzywatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 22

    cpenzone said:
    LOL this isn't even close to what they promised visually. This might be the Theranos of AR.
    Well, Apple AR is not knock your socks off.

    And having to hold a device in front of you constantly utterly kills the experience frankly.
  • Reply 14 of 22
    danvmdanvm Posts: 629member
    I'm still waiting on a compelling AR use-case; playing a video game is nowhere on my list of needs (or wants).
    There are places that benefit from AR, but most, if not all of them are in the enterprise / business.  Here are a few examples,


    At the same time, I don't see any cases for consumers, as the example you gave, gaming.  Maybe it will change in the future.



  • Reply 15 of 22
    crowley said:
    nunzy said:
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
    Srsly?  This is AppleInsider, not Apple Infantry Corps.
    He’s not for real, just wants attention. Ignore list. 
    auxioStrangeDaysCarnagewatto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 22
    auxioauxio Posts: 1,866member
    crowley said:
    nunzy said:
    <yet another trolling comment>
    Srsly?  This is AppleInsider, not Apple Infantry Corps.
    He’s not for real, just wants attention. Ignore list. 
    I was just about to say the same thing.  I'm not sure why people keep responding.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 22
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 5,094member
    nunzy said:
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
    What is wrong with you?

    OK fine, I'll add to ignore list, too. PLONK!
    edited August 8 SpamSandwichwatto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 22
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 931member
    This product release has played out like an early 90s 3D game; the intro was a pre-rendered video from a graphics workstation but the game was a bunch of coloured triangles.

    wheres the light-baking, shadows, anthing?

    What a con, I take it Google’s behind this in some way.
    edited August 8 watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 22
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 1,918member
    Are those water polo goggles? 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 22
    chasmchasm Posts: 702member
    crowley said:
    nunzy said:
    Magic Leap is an enemy of Apple. Apple will be entering this market soon. In the meantime, we must do whatever we can to destroy Magic Leap.
    Srsly?  This is AppleInsider, not Apple Infantry Corps.
    Nunzy's a bit ... "special" ... just ignore.
    watto_cobra
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