After improving hand tracking and adding multi-user sharing features in the last update of Lumin OS, Magic Leap has once again raised the stakes.
The Lumin OS 0.95 update (along with SDK 0.21) introduced Magic Leap tracking eight key positions from different positions, as well as the ability to detect gestures without key positions.
Lumin OS 0.96 has further improved hand tracking. With a 15-point model, Magic Leap One can track a full hand with five fingers. In addition, luminol can better detect gestures near the surface.
Between the improvements to hand tracking in HoloLens 2 and the latest iteration for Magic Leap, it's no wonder that Leap Motion is slowly coming out of the limelight. If two of the top augmented reality headsets can do a hand-tracking without the Leap Motion module, the company does not have much space in the high-end immersive computing inn. (Combine it with Ultrahaptics, and you'll have something else in your hand.)
Based on Shared World, an experimental feature for multi-user, augmented-life, end-user experiences that was added in Lumin OS 0.95 Magic Leap extended its mapping capabilities in Lumin OS 0.96 for vertical exploration. In this way, environment maps can be created across multiple floors or elevations within a building, while preserving persistence and multi-user functionality.
Magic Leap has also improved its web-based AR capabilities in Lumin OS 0.96 and supports the W3C Web XR standard in The Helio Browser and the enhanced WebGL support in MagicScript's Magic Leaps Framework for web-based AR development.
Shared World, Helio and Magic Script offer different aspects of Magic Leaps Magicverse, the common AR area where users can interact cross-platform.
"At its purest, Magicverse presents layers of applications and services that build on a digital representation of the physical world created by the sum of the existing spatial devices, resulting in a ubiquitous and cross-platform experience," said Yannick Pellet , the senior vice president of software at Magic Leap, in a blog post. "For cross-platform development, we want to enable the creation of experiences that all mixed-reality devices can access, whether they're head-mounted displays, tablets, or phones, and they should all be able to Magicverse, but there are many tools, frameworks, and standards need to be developed and integrated to make the Magicverse a reality. "
With five releases since the launch of Magic Leap One in August, Magic Leap has proven its platform's ability continuously iterate to add new features to its first headset. This "hustle and bustle" will be critical to Magic Leap as Microsoft prepares to release its next-generation HoloLens.