Screwdriver-happy dismantling machines on iFixit have torn Magic Leap One enhanced reality headsets all broken, and takeaway seems to be the device's very much work in progress – but one very advanced. The interesting optical device, described as "surprisingly ugly", is made for everyone to see.
The headset and related computing device are definitely intended for developers, as we know, but the basic methods and construction of the Magic Leap pursuit are evident from this initial hardware. It's unlikely that there will be major changes in how the gadget works, except to make it cheaper, easier and more reliable.
At the heart of the Magic Leap's 19459005 technology is its AR screen that overlays 3D images across and around the real world. This is achieved through a pile of waveguides that allow light to pass along them invisibly, and then pop it out to your eye from the right angle to form the image you see.
The waveguide assembly has 6 layers: one for each color channel (red, blue and green) twice, so that by adjusting the image you can change the perceived distance and size of the object displayed.  There's not much out there like this, and absolutely nothing for consumer use, so we can forgive Magic Leap to send something a little bit in line with iFixit's standards: "The inside of the lenses is surprisingly bad, with prominent IR LEDs , a visible knitted waveguide display area and some strange glue application. "
After all, the inside of devices like iPhone X or Galaxy Note 9 must reflect a more mature hardware ecosystem and many iterations of desi gn along the same lines. This is a unique, first-of-its-type device and as a devkit, the focus is simply on getting the functionality out there. It will almost certainly be refined in many ways to avoid future chiding of hardware snobs.
It is also clear from the eye tracking setup, which from its position at the bottom of the eye will probably create better when looking down and straight forward instead of upward. Future versions may include more robust tracking systems.
Another interesting piece is the motion tracking setup. A small box hanging from the edge of the headset is speculated to be a receiver for magnetic field motion controls. I remember using magnetic interference motion regulators back in 2010 – no doubt there have been improvements, but this does not seem to be particularly cutting edge tech. An improved control form is likely to be expected in future iterations, as this small setup is quite independent of the rest of the device's operation.
Let's not judge Magic Leap on this interesting public prototype – let's judge them on the farcically ostentatious promises and eye financing of recent years. If they have not burned through all the money, many years of development are left in the establishment of a convenient and affordable consumer unit using these principles and equipment. Many more teardowns to come!