Magic Leap’shappened today, and its focus was largely on inspiring artists and developers to find ways to create (or be interested in creating) augmented reality worlds.
The Magic Leap One has still been a limited-availability device, only shipping to a handful of US cities. But it’s now, available across the entire US. The price remains the same, at a lofty $2,295, but a 0% 12-month financing plan ($96 a month) offers a chance at developers finding a better way to foot the bill.
Prescription lenses are now being offered as well, something that was promised back when I firstin August. But my eyes are still too myopic for prescription lenses, and yours might be too: check when you’re ordering to safe, or you’ll need contact lenses. (I’m around a -8.5).
The Magic Leap One is the best standalone AR headset at the moment, but is still an embryonic technology that’s more exploratory tool than mass-market device.
Games and apps announced: Star Wars Porgs, Insomniac’s Seedling, an AI personality
There isn’t much of an app library for Magic Leap yet, but more content is slowly arriving. Magic Leap launched new games into its Magic Leap World app store: a full version of the WETA Workshops-developed steampunk shooter Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders (which I tried briefly in August), Angry Birds: First Person Slingshot, Wayfair Spaces (a furniture-layout shopping app) and an experimental augmented audio app from Sennheiser.
Other upcoming apps were teased, too: Seedling, from Insomniac Games, looks like an alien AR gardening game. ILMxLabs’ Star Wars: Project Porg is coming to Magic Leap in December, featuring lots of Porgs and Anthony Daniels as C-3P0. And Magic Leap announced Mica, a human-type AI designed to explore how AR can achieve communication and intimacy.
Magic Leap’s conference also laid out plans for the headset’s evolution over the next few months, including support for two six-degree-of-freedom controllers by early 2019, along with iris-unlocking on-device biometrics using eye tracking. AT&T’s John Donovan was at the conference as well, waxing bullish on AR’s potential in 5G and comparing Magic Leap to the first iPhone. AT&T is creating aat Magic Leap’s Florida headquarters to start working on future projects over fast wireless broadband. Eventually, according to Magic Leap’s Rony Abovitz, the plan is for city-scale interconnectedness to allow augmented “Magicverses” to dovetail with IoT and create ways for virtual and real things to interact.