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Hands-On: Magic Leaps Screens app is the best thing about a killer app for the Magic Leap One, now called Magic Leap :: Next Reality



By now, you already know that the Magic Leap One ships with a range of apps to instantly get you used to working in your new spatial computing reality. The first one we'll focus on is Screens, an app we've already told you about, but which we've only been able to try for ourselves.

The Screens app is just one of six apps listed in the first App Roundabout First you launch the Magic Leap One (seven if you count the invaders of Dr. Grordbort). There is not much content in screens right now, but that is likely to change in the near future. Currently, you can choose between NBA content, wildlife shoots, and the ability to add some screen savers to your augmented reality environment.

The partnership between the NBA and Magic Leap has yielded only a small amount so far. The content includes game highlights from the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. There are also highlights from the last NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Magic Leap One app carousel with the selected screen app. Image by Adario Strange / Next Reality

In addition to the raw sports footage, there are also some background shots of Warriors star Andre Iguodala during his last visit to the 100th PGA Championship at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri he met Tiger Woods.

Early Magic Leap hype man Andre Igoudala seen from the "Magicverse". Image by Adario Strange / Next Reality

So what about sports content through the Magic Leap One? Surprisingly natural and well suited for longer viewing times. I've tried to do the same thing with sports content on VR headsets, but after about an hour, the excitement of the sports video action along with the closed feeling generally encourages you to take a break, remove the headset and dive into the real world.

But with the on-screen app on the Magic Leap One, you do not have to part with what's happening in front of you. And because the entire system is mobile, you can carry your screens around with you and they will continue to play perfectly while you stay, no matter where you place them around you in relation to the real world.

Image by Adario Strange / Next Reality

The most surprising thing about screens is how vivid and opaque that is Video under normal indoor is lighting conditions. Because you can expand or contract the screen to almost any size you want, as crystal clear audio flows into your ears, you can easily use it while multitasking on another computer. (Be sure to hear the audio in the video at the bottom of the page, which sounds even better over the spatial audio of the Magic Leap One.)

Along with the ability to attach a screen to any flat surface, the Magic is Leap One has created a map through WorldMesh. You can also set the app so that the screens point in the desired direction. No matter which way you turn your head, the screen stays in front of you. I have never seen video content this way, but I imagine I can get used to it very quickly.