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Magic Leap plans new AR glasses for 2022, joining crowded field

The Magic Leap 2 headset appears smaller but still seems to be connected to a processor in order to function.

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Magic Leap is still around, and the augmented reality company is targeting a new headset in the business market to take territory similar to Microsoft Hololens. Peggy Johnson, CEO of Magic Leap (formerly at Microsoft) unveiled the new helmet during a CNBC interview and in a blog post Monday. Johnson told the media earlier this year that a new helmet would be announced by the end of 2021.

Magic Leap’s immediate goals for Magic Leap 2 are a wider field of view (the first version had a very limited viewing area in which the AR graphics appeared), a smaller, more bezel-like size, and dimming for use in bright outdoor conditions. First generation AR headsets did not work very well in direct sunlight, although the current efforts of the AR headset to Snapchat and Niantic (using Hololens 2) from Microsoft are increasingly outward-looking. The headset lens appears to be designed to help remote workers connect and train away from physical offices, much like what the Hololens 2 also aimed for.

Johnson also suggests that Magic Leap technology could end up being licensed for consumer products: “In fact, we have received several license applications for our technology and we will actively pursue these opportunities if they improve our position and capacity. to innovate in the business market. ”


The comparison of the field of view between Magic Leap 1 and Magic Leap 2 seems significant, mainly vertical.

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it’s been several years since we visited a colorful cartoon Magic Leap Headquarters and saw a promise of everyday AR glasses that didn’t exactly unfold. Magic Leap’s first headset was ambitious but clearly limited, and made sense to a much smaller audience than it originally aspired to. Whether the next version of Magic Leap will be able to leverage enough software and services to make sense for businesses remains to be seen.

There seem to be a lot of companies all trying to figure out how to make more glasses-based augmented reality headsets over the next few years, from Facebook To Microsoft, To Qualcomm, To Snapchat, with others like Apple should also join the mix. We will wait and see how everything turns out.

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