Magic Leap's ultra-hyped AR headset is finally available

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Magic Leap's ultra-hyped AR headset is finally available

The big draw for business users and creatives alike is the level of immersion that Magic Leap claims is available with the system. However, thanks to some tantalising hints on the official Magic Leap website, we might now know the launch date.

Magic Leap One has three parts: glasses, called Lightwear; a wearable computer, called the Lightpack; and a handheld controller.

Creators, developers and extreme early adopters can finally get their hands on a Magic Leap product, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, for $2,295.

The Times's first offering for "Magic Leap One Creator Edition" is a mixed reality version of its immersive report inviting readers to explore the damage caused by the Fuego volcano eruption in the Guatemalan village of San Miguel Los Lotes. It's also only available to developers in six markets in the U.S. Right now, however, it's aimed at app developers, who Magic Leap hopes will want to create their own apps for the Magic Leap World store. The headset uses a combination of tracking cameras and a "photonics chip" lens to project images over the real world. The GPU is an Nvidia Pascal with 256 CUDA cores, and the Lightpack has 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage capacity and a lithium-ion battery, though a full charge only powers three hours of continuous use. There is Tónandi, a collaboration between Sigur Rós and Magic Leap Studios, and provides an "interactive audio-visual exploration of the sounds and spirit of the band".

There sure is much hype around the launch of the Magic Leap, Content creator edition. Magic Leap and Weta Workshop have also jointly built Dr. Grordbort's Invaders that will bring a hyper-realistic action gaming experience to the Magic Leap One in the coming future. Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz has taken to Twitter with a series of tweets suggesting a launch is imminent, including more than one reference to a rocket ship.

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition also has a Gallery for content organization, a Social application for shared experiences, and a Screens apps for viewing content. You can enter your ZIP code on the Magic Leap site to check its availability. The device will cost $2,295, with an optional Professional Developer Package available for $495. Magic Leap said it would deliver Magic Leap One for free, and it will even help set up the system.

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