Magic Leap, a mysterious technology company promising to change reality through its futuristic AR headset, has teased great things for years. The company's first product has arrived, the Magic Leap One. CNET tried it. And we visited Magic Leap's Florida headquarters. This is our photo diary.
An array of cameras all across the glasses handle spatial awareness and 3D tracking, plus depth sensing. The AR glasses can scan a room's dimensions to make sure virtual objects can be placed correctly.
The controller feels heavier than you'd expect. It also has vibration haptic feedback, and can be tracked by the Magic Leap One's headset cameras, allowing it to have six-degree-of-freedom tracking that aims for desktop PC VR controller accuracy.
Magic Leap One has a limited field of view, meaning that ghostly, glowing 3D things are seen in the world via a relatively small viewing area. I can see everything in the room, but virtual things are only in front of me.
This is The Beast, the first light field display prototype that CEO Rony Abovitz built in his garage. It's massive, imposing and you had to put your head into it to see what were just a few basic floating pixels.
Created by Rony Abovitz along with Guardians of the Galaxy comic co-creator Andy Lanning, "Magic Leapers: Welcome to the Experience" has sketches on the inside cover of the strange Magic Leaper creatures.
The Magic Leap One headset design is partially inspired by these critters. Note the big, round, lens-like eyes. Magic Leap's weird biotech comic fantasies are far odder than the hardware reality... for now.