Magic Leap One Creator Edition Ships Today for $2,295
It didn’t take long for Magic Leap to confirm the rumors of an imminent launchfor its mixed reality headset. The startup has announced that its Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset is available as of today.
Magic Leap One Creator Edition starts shipping today to six major areas in the United States for $2,295 through Magic Leap’s own website, the Florida-based company behind the mixed reality headset and gear announced Wednesday. More cities will be added this fall.
The Creator Edition isn’t quite a development kit — Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz calls it a “full-blown, working consumer-grade product,” and AT&T has said it will show demos at some stores. But it’s primarily aimed at artists and app developers, who can try a limited suite of experiences and develop their own apps for the Magic Leap World store.
Would-be buyers can go to Magic Leap’s website and search for their zip code. If Magic Leap is operating in the area, the company will deliver the Magic Leap One for free, complete with help setting the system up and fitting the headset. If it’s not, people can sign up for a waitlist. Buyers can add an optional $495 “professional development package” that includes a system for replacing the device within 24 hours if it breaks.
The mixed-reality system, which includes a pocket computer, headset, and controller, uses an Nvidia Tegra X2 processor. The system on a chip, codenamed Parker, makes use of two ARM Cortex-A57 cores as well as a Denver 2 core. The system has 128GB of storage and 8 GB of memory. The Magic Leap One Creators Edition runs on battery power that can last about a day of light use.
“Magic Leap One Creator Edition is a spatial computing system that brings digital content to life here in the real world with us,” the company said in a blog post today. “Its unique design and technology lets in natural light waves together with softly layered synthetic lightfields, enabling creators to build unbelievably believable interactive experiences and create worlds within our world. And this is just the beginning.”
The device will also ship with a host of applications, including a web browser designed for 3D and spatial online experiences, a video player that allows users to place “multiple displays of any size in their physical space”, and a social application that features unique avatars.
It will also have a bespoke operating system called LuminOS – “one that gets the most out of our spatial computing platform by working in tandem with the brain” – and a developer toolkit, called “Magic Kit”, that contains sample code, tech write-ups and design diaries.
The capability of these tools and applications will be demonstrated through a handful of preview experiences, all developed in-house at Magic Leap: Tónandi, an interactive audio-visual collaboration between the band Sigur Rós and Magic Leap Studios, and Create, a mixed reality sandbox.
The video game collaboration between Magic Leap and Weta Workshop, Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, is listed as “coming soon.”