So far, consumer augmented reality headsets have not found mainstream success.
Ludenso is offering a $ 99 augmented reality headset called MagiMask, you'd, understandably , sit up and take notice.
MagiMask (not magic, but like The Gift of the Magi I guess) is a pass-through augmented reality headset that derives its computing power and display from an iPhone or Android smartphone. So basically, it's the equivalent of a Samsung Gear VR or Daydream headset with a window for the camera to see out of the other side. However, instead of using stereoscopic lenses to magnify the smartphone display, MagiMask has released a full-screen view.
The device thus has its own ready-made ecosystem of mobile AR apps, including those running ARKit and ARCore apps , Nonetheless, MagiMask also comes with a set of AR markers, including a tile, a deck of cards, and a box.
MagiMask is available for pre-order now via Kickstarter.
In making its case for MagiMask, Ludenso argues that while mobile is currently dominating the consumer landscape, the experience is not As it is a valid argument against mobile AR, which continues to feel like a stepping stone toward truly immersive AR via smartglasses.
The solution to the problem of mobile AR, however, is not an oversized VR headset with a peephole that creates some kind of "sunken place" view on reality. How exactly does this facilitate AR navigation or scanning content triggers in stores?
The MagiMask thus does not account for the many (actually, most) mobile apps that use onscreen touch controls. ARP apps with onscreen touch controls while. Leap Motion, but none of what was said using the MagiMask.
So in general, when it comes to mobile most apps already on the App Store, the device is mostly a passive viewing tool.
In the end, while MagiMask manages to check boxes for price and performance (although smartphones are still underpowered compared to what devices like the Magic Leap One are packing), Ludenso ignores the form factor requirement.
So if you can get past the ridiculousness of the headset (and $ 99 is chump change in the context of tech items nowadays), maybe this is a worthwhile purchase for you.
Better yet, maybe you just wait and wait for the arrival of true consumer AR wearables like the rest of us
Additional Report by Adario Strange
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