On Wednesday, June 6, the Magic Leap people finally (FINALLY) decided to give the public a dedicated, slow feature-by-feature walkthrough of the Magic Leap One: Creator Edition. How was it? About as good as it gets, without really seeing what images look like while wearing the device through the device.
Presenter Alan Noon, Magic Leaps technical learning technology consultant, was joined by Shanna De Iuliis from the company's technical marketing team. for the second part of the company's Twitch series. When talking to people who knowingly grin and talk about how they tried Magic Leap but can not talk about it, De Iuliis is one of the people they met, but they can not talk about.
Although the demo was pretty limited, De Iuliis did a great job of explaining the specific use cases for the device, how it works, and what the smaller features of the device do to enhance the experience.
And despite Magic Leaps' love for Mystery, that was not just a hardware flash and a dash, De Iuliis went into details, such as how to fix the LightPack Computing module in your pocket (it's not supposed to worn on the belt) and how to actually use the device on your head with the retractable headband component
She also went through how to calibrate the device to your specific eyesight profile first. This is important because the device has cameras pointing inward to track the user's gaze, using eye tracking for some interface elements, as De Iuli explained during the demo session. She also talked about how the device can be used for voice control interactions.
According to De Iuliis, about one in five would like to try the Magic Leap One Report , feels the virtual objects that were not there at all. "By exceeding the limits of the screen [traditionally rectangular]we have found that this makes the experience much more effective," said De Iuliis.
Toward the end of the demo, Noon (gasp!) Turned on the device and thus all the performances erased that the company trotted more industrial design prototypes in recent months than an actual work tool. However, the team did not show a demo of an app that would have been challenging (and potentially harmful) given the sometimes poor visual quality and spotty streaming reliability of some twitch streams.
But the team has answered a few questions about the device. Can you use it outside? Yes, but it's currently optimized for indoor use (some outdoor scenarios may give the device too many tracking objects). Is the resolution sufficient for you to read books with? Absolutely, according to De Iuliis.
And what is this boxy shape on the right side (near the front lens) of the Lightwear device? (This has been the subject of much debate over Magic Leap-obsessed forums.) It turns out that it's not something mysterious or technically exotic, it's just the antenna for the handheld.
Magic Leap also recommends not to wear glasses while the device is being used but the company is working to offer prescription eyeglass lenses in the future. And for the super-hardcore augmented reality fans out there, the Magic Leap One is not equipped with a repair stand, so there's your call to action, third-party accessories.
It was almost strange to see somebody (except Shaq) taking it he works. As good as it looks, it looks pretty radical in terms of what you'd expect when you're wearing a Starbuck. That is, De Iuliis has put on the headset, and the hip-mounted module seems to be relatively standard.
Hopefully, the price, which is still unknown, will be accessible enough for most consumers to even be able to use it in a café. We will know everything later this year.