Why do you need Augmented Reality? Because companies say they. And while this certainly applies to multiple disciplines, there is still this mainstream use case waiting for users to discover it outside the corporate and gaming sectors.
After much deliberation – and the Magic Leap One through many different situations – I decided it was time to see if any of these applications could use it for office work. In particular, I wanted to find out if the Magic Leap One on a normal day can serve as a viable tool for an average employee.
After almost a year on the market, you might think someone had already tried this, but I could not find an example where someone put the device through its paces for a whole day in a normal office environment.
The Why: AR Workspaces Are the Future, Prepare Today
So far, the Magic Leap One offers the simplest, truly immersive, currently commercially available, wearable AR that can be used in everyday office life to test this functionality.  I spent a full day working in the Magic Leap One and discovered the AR office of the future ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
Just a walk to my AR office for the day. Picture by Adario Strange / Next Reality
But why would you even try that? Simply put, AR desktops are the future. Gone are the days when you need to buy a range of computer monitors, keyboards, and whiteboards to do multitasks and keep an eye on things. Today, you can find a free seat, open your laptop, put on AR goggles and have an incredibly sophisticated command center at hand. And all that the outside world sees is a person with a laptop occasionally pointing or waving at seemingly imaginary objects.
Now you can just find a seat, open your laptop, put on AR goggles, and have incredible goggles with a sophisticated Command Center to touch.
Sure, it sounds crazy if you have not tried it, but a few years ago it seemed like you were walking down the street talking to yourself without holding a phone (via Bluetooth headset and microphone) Strange, and in 2007 – just before the iPhone became the standard for mobile computers around the world – it was staring down at them for hours, rubbing their fingers over a tiny pane of glass.
Technology tools are changing fast and if you want to speak fluently "Futurese", it's better to get to grips with the next now than to catch up later. With that in mind, I've charged my Magic Leap One, backed it up in my unofficial Magic Leap One phone pouch and brought AR's future on the road.
Where: Optimizing the Physical AR Desktop Environment  My first tests were performed by my home office. But I have quickly left this environment for several reasons. Firstly, one of the main benefits that AR advocates is the fact that unlike VR, which separates you from the world, AR keeps you in touch with real people and places. Even as more and more employees work remotely, the workplace is still dominated by people in office space.
That's why I had to surround myself with as many people as possible for this test.
To give the Magic Leap One a real test in an office-like setting, I found a co-working space here in New York, where many people work on individual projects , The other reason I chose a co-working space was access to a high-speed wireless connection, which is essential for most Magic Leap One operations.
Here I find out that I have not switched to a co-working space. Workspace until I failed several times with cafes that offered free Wi-Fi. Most cafés (including the Starbucks sites I tried) just did not have enough Internet fast enough for the device to work properly.
I know, I know, "5G is the future of AR!" Yes, until it is ubiquitous and reliable, it's best to set up your AR-powered virtual office in a location where the Magic Leap One can easily access the high-speed Internet. That said, once you've found a workspace with high-speed Internet access, setting up the connection to the Magic Leap One was quick and easy.
(Eventually, I found an independent café with high-speed Internet access In these cases, it's helpful to turn on Magic Leap One's spatial allocation points to keep track of what's in the unfamiliar area you're using.)  I spent a full day working in Magic Leap One & Discovered the AR Office of the Future ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
The Wallpaper app provides an easy way to create a virtual cubicle anywhere. Image by Adario Strange / Next Reality
In general, air conditioning is the unspoken accessory that most users of Magic Leap One need for heavy duty use. If you live in a typically cold area or it is winter in the neck of the forest, turn down the heater to compensate for the comfort.
Much of the Magic Leap One is "beta" of a mainstream From the consumer's point of view, but in terms of ease of use, it's mostly simple.
This is a relatively short list, but if your primary working tool is a laptop, this list of apps can provide a surprisingly rich AR support environment.
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that apps like CNN, Seedling and Create shut down everything else at launch. All three of these apps would be the perfect complement to a multi-app AR environment. I've been able to get live streaming news via YouTube on Helio, but it would have been amazing to see Insomniac's seedling alien fauna around me and Create's flying turtles flying past my screens together. It would also have been great to have a video chat app like Skype available on the device (something that has long been available on the HoloLens).
Yet, the apps that are currently working together provide a profound, surprisingly distraction-free feature. An AR environment that can turn a normal, monotonous workspace into a colorful control center. In general, I have a live Cheddar business news window, three separate live live data helio windows, live world news (Sky News, France 24) and, of course, a cute live webcam stream for puppies.
To give my virtual office a sense of structure, I used the Gallery app to create large, cabin-like walls of images ranging from Venice Beach to Central Park.
You can also use the Wallpaper app to get the same effect on moving images. The visual effect is quite amazing, but I've generally stuck to still images from the Gallery app to provide the full bandwidth for my active Video AR windows. Another great thing about the Gallery app is that it not only provides 2D images, but also allows you to place 3D objects in your room, such as in the room. A flower with a hummingbird or a tiny hovering space station.
This last part That may sound trivial, but if you've ever had a desk job, you know that you almost always add some curios to your room to give it a little character. Finally, I also used the Watch app, which contains a selection of five old and modern watches, to fill my AR office with a virtual object with a specific utility.
One particularly useful feature of Magic Leap One is the ability to force a particular screen to "follow" you wherever you go. The Follow function is found in most Magic Leap apps in the menu and can be initialized by clicking on the forward facing bumper. Working during the day means you want to take a break and lie down on a couch and check the messages on your smartphone. You can take any screen you want while you relax.  One thing I noticed is that after spending many hours in my virtual office in a Spartan workspace, I found it remarkable how empty my workspace felt when I turned off the Magic Leap One. Once you have all set up, the virtual office quickly feels extremely normal and even comfortable. I'm not exaggerating.
After doing this a few times for a whole day, I think it's a setup that I like to use frequently. However, this will probably not happen for the time being. Let's talk about why …
What you can not do: You find boundaries by pushing them
Before I go into the "Can's" I would like to advise anyone who tries this to use the Magic Leap shoulder strap. The Lightpack integrated pocket / belt clip is very useful. However, if you want to use this device for several hours, using the shoulder strap is the easiest way to forget (in a good way) that you use it again and get to work.
As for the disadvantages, the biggest problem I've encountered was the battery life. In general, I was able to work with my AR Office setup for about three hours before I lost power. While this may not be optimal, it forces you to break away from the AR and pause while the device is charging, or to stop what you are doing to plug the Lightpack into a power outlet. The controller consumes much less power when you are not using it all the time and therefore requires fewer recharges.
I also found it somewhat impractical to open the main menu and navigate to the battery icon to find out how much power I had left. Luckily, you will see a visual / audible warning message that indicates that the performance is low when you only have 25% of the remaining power available. An option that allows you to keep the battery level visually up to date across all apps is still a good supplement.
However, if you do not want to pause for intense work sessions after a few hours, it's probably a good idea to be the most connected the whole time. I think part of the power of the Magic Leap One is that you can walk around freely with it, so I prefer to stay without a power plug and take breaks. Taking a break every three hours on an 8-10 hour working day seems about right. No, the device will not fully charge in just 15 to 20 minutes, but this break will initiate the charging process and force you to take a break Ideal, because once you have assigned your space, you can place the placement of your virtual objects for Adjust seating positions steplessly.
The other downside I noticed was the lack of productivity apps. Because the apps in my virtual office were basically just content-consuming apps, the AR environment was just a visual information hub, while my real work was done on my laptop and smartphone.
Conclusions: Should you try this at home or at work?
Is Magic Leap A Practical Tool for Integration into Your Own Office Workspace? The answer is … complicated.
I've spent a lot of time thinking about it, and when I set up my best-case scenario lenses, I think that (currently) the best use of this AR Office dynamic is for frequent users of workspaces and remotely Employees with limited space at home.
I can think of Magic Leap One workspaces as an optional menu item that allows visitors to create their own virtual privacy section between the lines of independent workers. Because of the relatively opaque effect of the AR panels and the ability to connect a regular headset to the Lightpack, you can quickly create a distraction-free collection of AR constructs in a crowd of collaborators working together in space.  I spent a whole day working in the Magic Leap One, discovering the AR office of the future. ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
Switching between AR screens and real screens is seamless and feels natural. image by Adario Strange / Next Reality
One reason why some people do not use shared work spaces is the apparent lack of privacy. And while I do not think that privacy is really a problem for most of the co-operating space users, Magic Leap One's virtual walls and screens could go a long way for some who want to "feel good" – they have their own space among many others workers.
Oh, and here is another unexpected discovery, when I used my virtual office Magic Leap One in a public environment, few, if any, "what the hell is this on his face" looks. It really seems that people are now ready for the AR future, be it in huge AR glasses or discreetly embedded in fashionable glasses.
The topic "Mainstream Design of AR Smartglasses" seems to be more about what people buy and what not in public. Translation: I think we do not have to worry about Google Glass Freakouts anymore. The public, in good or bad, has become accustomed to always having cameras trained on them – including AR cameras.
If I had to bet, starting from the current state of affairs and considering all variables (price, size, practicability, etc.) I do not expect that this particular application case will prevail with the Magic Leap One, which is unfortunate because the science fiction office dreams of it We see each other again and again in films.
Nevertheless, technology trends are moving fast, so it's not excluded that this will become the norm, especially when Magic Leap releases its (presumably) smaller and cheaper version. For now, if you're ready to expand your personal office space with windows into the future, it's available today and pretty impressive.