Magic Leap One, the futuristic augmented reality (AR) glasses, were shown off in a detailed live look today, giving us a better idea of how the gadget will fit on our heads and function as we experience mixed reality environments.
Magic Leap hosted a Twitch livestream on Wednesday to give developers more information on how to create content for the brand-new platform. While full of helpful creator tips, the livestream most intrigued viewers because it provided a detailed look at the AR glasses.
And yes, the device on display actually turned on, as you can see by the blue LED indicator light on the glasses.
The presenters ran through each of the Magic Leap One’s three components: the glasses, clip-on power pack, and controller.
To put on the glasses, called Lightware, you first pull on the back of the device to expand the band. You then slip on the glasses, and push the band back together to lock it into place.
Magic Leap says you can personalize how the glasses fit on your head, and note that the way Magic Leap One is pitched helps with weight distribution, making the glasses feel lighter than expected.
Most VR and AR headsets feel heavy on the face, so hopefully Magic Leap has cut some of the weight down to make its glasses more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.
Take a closer look at how Magic Leap One fits on your head in the gallery below
More Magic Leap One details
Today’s presentation served as a thorough rundown of Magic Leap One, though it still didn’t show a live demonstration of the glasses in action.
We learned that Magic Leap One features eye tracking. This means the headset will know where you’re looking, and gaze input is just one way you’ll be able to control Magic Leap One.
Other input methods include the 6DoF controller, head posing, gesture controls and voice commands.
The glasses also feature two interchangeable components, namely the brow band along the forehead and the nose clip.
Magic Leap says it doesn’t recommend wearing actual glasses with the Magic Leap One, though the company is working with a partner to develop prescription lenses.
The device will be available in two sizes: standard and large.
Like the Oculus Go standalone headset, Magic Leap One features built-in audio with speakers in the headband. Mics along the outside of the glasses pick up voice commands.
The glasses have a world camera that can take photos and video of the world around you; Magic Leap One said the LED light will indicate when recording is in progress, so others know you’re filming.
How you’ll use Magic Leap One
Again, Magic Leap didn’t show its AR glasses in action, but it did detail how we’ll use the device, at least somewhat.
The biggest thing, which we already knew, is that Magic Leap One supports local multiplayer. This means that if you’re wearing one device and someone else is wearing another device, you can both see and interact with the same digital scene taking place in front of you.
As Magic Leap says, the glasses are designed to bring people back together, not isolate them by sharing content on tiny rectangular screens in their phones.
Interestingly, Apple announced this week that its updated ARKit 2 supports multiplayer, though through the iPhone and iPad.