After eight years, the start-up company Magic Leap, has released its first augmented reality headset, Magic Leap One, Creator Edition.
The privately held Plantation, Fla. based company is pitching its first AR system as its Creator Edition because it is designed for software developers who want to make games and other apps on the new augmented reality platform.
The glasses will cost $2,295 and includes three parts in the set: a headset, a handheld controller, and a small wearable computer. The system is powered by Nvidia graphics and central processors.
The early version of Magic Leap One was created specifically for software developers, not consumers and is only available in a few cities including New York, San Francisco, Los Angles, and Seattle.
“Join us on a mind-expanding journey into the outer reaches of human creativity,” the company said in a press release. “Magic Leap One Creator Edition is a spatial computing system that brings digital content to life here in the real world with us. 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 Verge reviewed Magic Leap One and said it showed promise but “is still very much a work in progress.”
CNBC said the technology is impressive but “we’re years away from the Magic Leap that’s ready for the rest of us.”
“Let’s focus on Magic Leap One Creator Edition,” Magic Leap founder and Chief Executive Rony Abovitz told Variety. “We just launched it and we’re in early orbit. This is our Alan Shepard, John Glenn moment. Then we’ll talk to you about Gemini.”
Abovitz said that the consumer version of the product will be called Magic Leap Two but declined to say when it will be launched or how much it will cost.