Magic Leap is facing a hard criticism by Palmer Luckey, the inventor of the Oculus Rift, which published a review of the enlarged reality headset, which led to it as "Tragic Heap".
"It does not deliver on almost any of the promises that allowed them to monopolize funding in the AR (enhanced reality) investment community," Luckey wrote on his website.
The Oculus VR founder is the last critic who claims that the headset has not lived up to the hype, despite Magic Leap, which increases over $ 2 billion in funding. Earlier this month, the company's AR headset, Magic Leap One, went on sale for a total of $ 2,300.
The product is mainly for developers and early adoptors with deep pockets. But in his review, Luckey said that the headset was "less of a functional developer package and more of a flashy hype vehicle that almost no-one can actually use in a meaningful way."
One of his biggest grips is reserved for Magic Leap's handheld controls designed to help you navigate through the virtual environment as headset shows. To achieve this, the controller uses a magnetic sensor coil to track the position of the controller relative to the headset. However, Palmer said that the technology was slow to react and "essentially useless" when you are next to large metal objects.
"Magnetic tracking is hard to pull off in the best cases, but this is probably the worst implementation I've seen to the public, he said.
Palmer also rejected the headset's embedded software and called it" basically an Android Wear menu floating in front of you. "He then compared Magic Leap One to Microsoft's HoloLens Enhanced Reality Headset, which came out two years ago, but is intended for developers.
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As a result, Magic Leap's CEO Rony Abovitz took some close shots on Luckey over Twitter with reference to The animated show Avatar: The Last Air Bender . "I wonder who's the bitter, angry, disgusted Zuko in our story?" he tweeted .
Last year Luckey concluded from Oculus VR after a controversy over the funding of a pro-Trump group who created anti-Hillary Clinton memes. He is now leading a startup called Anduril Industries
Despite the criticism of Magic Leap, Luckey succeeded in reducing the headphone's weight by separating the computer and placing it in a puck-like device around you.
"This approach also allows them to use much more powerful pieces than they could manage in a head worn device," he said and gave an "A +."