Watch Magic Leap's L.E.A.P. Conference Keynote here, before the company goes under for good

The AR company is currently talking about their headset.

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Magic Leap L.E.A.P Conference has kicked off and their Keynote is going on right now. Please take a look.

One of the first AR headsets to ship, Magic Leap has been struggling to demonstrate value to customers and developers. This might be the first and last conference dedicated to Magic Leap, so savor it while you can.

The Keynote is still going on, if you want to hear the company wax poetic about how they are going to stay alive long enough to bring a viable AR headset to market.

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      October 10, 2018 10:08 AM

      They took too long to produce something that is marginally better than the Hololens, is still too expensive like the Hololens, and MS is probably going to release a Hololens 2 soon that will be better. (Also, people have already been working with the Hololens for over 2 years now.)

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        October 10, 2018 11:44 AM

        I’m confused. Aside from what they released, I thought the core tech they have is way ahead of its time- and that it’s just a problem of making it consumer ready.

        Is this not the case or what? I haven’t heard anyone support or refute what I’m saying.

        Is the product they released all they got?

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          October 10, 2018 11:49 AM

          The problem is that Magic Leap talk a big talk, but no one outside the company really know about the core tech that you posit

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            October 10, 2018 11:52 AM

            Are you sure? I thought they made certain parties sign NDAs. We need to hear from them now that it’s publicly released, unless the NdA protected other stuff.

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              October 10, 2018 1:13 PM

              They obviously did something to get their $2bn valuation and so many big investors on board, but that doesn’t matter for dick of the market decides that they are the hardware equivalent of Duke Nukem Forever

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                October 10, 2018 1:14 PM

                Right. I’m just curious what they actually have beyond this, if anything. They were making this out to be a true huge leap forward. It’s weird.

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                  October 10, 2018 1:42 PM

                  They were just really good at early hype, the result isn't particularly weird unless you bought into the hype sight unseen.

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                  October 11, 2018 1:02 AM

                  Their display tech is by all accounts incredible but they can't fit it in a headset so they have to use tech that's already in hololens and nothing differentiates it

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                    October 11, 2018 1:48 AM

                    ML has a wider fov and two focal planes, so they are a bit ahead in display tech.

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                      October 11, 2018 1:58 AM

                      That's just because it's newer than hololens. Microsoft can increment too, I'm sure they could release something better than Magic Leap next year if they wanted to. They're fundamentally using the same tech.

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                        October 11, 2018 4:46 AM

                        I think the details are a bit different. MS are using a holographic waveguide to project the image, and the FOV is limited by the refractive index of the plastic. They are already using the plastic with the highest known refractive index.

                        Of course MS could drop the waveguide and switch to using something more like the ML system.

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                          October 11, 2018 7:38 AM

                          ML also uses waveguides, and glass instead of plastic

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        October 11, 2018 1:47 AM

        The display is a bit better than hololens. They display two fields at different focal depths, so you have to adapt focus as objects move, and they have a wider field of view (not hard hehe).

        Their tracking and world understanding is worse :( And the OS and dev kit is worse :(

        Hololens2 will struggle to improve their field of view unless they change display tech, which they could, of course. I doubt if MS will add multiple focal depths, so ML will keep that advantage.

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      October 10, 2018 11:38 AM

      Ouch

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      October 10, 2018 3:25 PM

      Ahaha, 100% correct.