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Magic Leap's mixed reality headset is real
After years of boasting about its game-changing augmented reality technology, Magic Leap finally revealed its first headset, the Leap One.
Set to ship in early 2018, the Leap One promises to bring your wildest sci-fi dreams to life, letting users do things like layer digital screens and objects on top of the real world.
Designing attractive headsets, especially ones loaded with as many cameras and sensors necessary for accurate head and body-tracking, is hard.
The Leap One appears to be one of the thinnest and lightest (if not the most compact) mixed reality headsets we've ever seen.
The slim design is largely in part because the processor and graphics chip aren't housed inside of the headset, but inside of a disc-shaped "Lightpack" unit that clips onto pants or belt.
The headset also comes with a small wand-like hand-controller, similar to the ones the come with the Gear VR or Daydream View — that includes a touchpad on top and haptic feedback.
Like all headsets, the design's will be polarizing at first, but at the end of the day the only that matters is what you can do with it.
And Magic Leap's promising a whole lot.
The AR startup says it's empowering creators to build new experiences that blend the digital and physical into one. Magic Leap lists a few experiences it sees as "a jumping-off point" for developers.
Like being able to open and pin virtual displays of varying sizes within physical space. Its website says you'll be able to "walk with them or leave them hanging."
Another AR experience listed on Magic Leap's website lets you collaborate with other people via virtual avatars. It looks a lot like Facebook Spaces.