Magic Leap Reveals Lightwear AR Headset

Magic Leap Reveals Lightwear AR Headset
Florida-based Magic Leap has released details of its augmented reality headset which will be released next year.

(CCM) — Magic Leap has finally revealed that its long-awaited augmented reality headset, the Magic Leap Lightwear, will be released in 2018.

The Florida-based startup raised almost $2 billion in funding from internet giants including Google and Alibaba and has been developing the headset for six years. The Lightwear is equipped with an array of sensors including no less than six cameras, and it is powered by a Lightpack miniature computer which is worn on the user's belt, and a Control handheld controller.

"Our lightfield photonics generate digital light at different depths and blend seamlessly with natural light to produce lifelike digital objects that coexist in the real world," the company explains on its website.

Magic Leap expects that its headset will be used for gaming, but also for web browsing, displaying virtual monitors, and even for telepresence applications. It plans to make a software development kit with tools, documentation, and resources available in early 2018 so that anyone can develop applications and games for the headset.

The company has not revealed the price of the Magic Leap augmented reality system, but it is widely expected to cost between $1000 and $1500 when it is released.

Virtual reality headsets such as Facebook's Oculus Rift have not sold in great numbers because of their high cost and the need to drive them with a powerful computer. This has prompted Facebook to announce its stripped down Oculus Go which is will be priced at just $200 when it is released in 2018.

Image: © Magic Leap.