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Ratings go into one of the most anticipated technical products in recent memory: Magic Leap One. Made by Florida-based techstart Magic Leap, the product mixes 3D software with specialized goggles that immerse the user in a kind of magnified reality called spatial computing or, more common, "mixed reality." There has been a lot of shots around the mysterious company and its work in the last couple of years, but does the new product live up to that excitement?
The short answer? Not entirely … or at least not yet, according to early reviews from editors who were given the opportunity to travel to Magic Leap's offices in Florida to test the system. The first version of the product is called Magic Leap One: Creator Edition, which may or may not explain the price of $ 2,295 (although CNET points out, it's still $ 700 cheaper than the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition released in 2016). The product has two main components: Lightwear headphone and Lightpack, a disc-powered battery and data pack. The headset is equipped with cameras, speakers and photonic chips in the lenses with lightfield technology that creates 3D projections. Magic Leap would not allow reviewers to show what they saw through the goggles during testing so they had to do their best to explain what the experience of having on the headset and the disk-shaped clip battery and the data packet felt like.
Adi Robertson from The Verge described the headset as "surprisingly comfortable" and said she forgot that she was wearing Lightpack because it was so easy, although it gave a little warm during the hourly effort. Regarding the product's overall experience, Robertson said it was "advanced by current mixed reality standards, but it's not exactly a world of realistic holograms." A limited field of view, inconsistent graphics with a bit of jittering around the edges, unrolled demos and some other issues left Robertson to conclude that Magic Leap One is not much different from technology that has been around for a couple of years, already strange given the size of the team (1500 people) that $ 2 billion company has worked with the product.
Other testers, including CNET's Scott Stein, seem to agree with Robertson's review. Stein called the product a "forward but not a game exchange." Comparing it with other innovative (and hyped) products, Stein says that he enjoyed the experience, but was not blown away by it. "I was the floor of my first experiences with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive," he wrote, "and finally, it's likely that Magic Leap feels like a famous stepping stone more than a revolution. It's also a headset that seems a lot more targeted to developers who explore the everlasting future of magnified reality than anyone else. "
Magic Leap One is now available in the United States via the launch website, so if you have $ 2,295 extra and want to give it a go for yourself, feel free The rest of us will wait until the company does a little more to improve technology and bring the price down to a more consumer-friendly range.