Magic Leap's futuristic goggles are finally launching — here's how much they cost and how to buy them

Magic Leap One (Shaq)

  • Magic Leap’s long-awaited smartglasses are finally available to order in the United States.
  • They cost $2,295 and will start shipping today for people in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
  • The product is called “Magic Leap One Creator Edition” and it is intended for developers and other professionals who want to make content for the platform.

2,065 days after the multi-billion dollar augmented reality startup Magic Leap was revealed to the world in a cryptic TED Talk, its first product — a pair of futuristic smart glasses — is now available to order in select cities in the United States.

Magic Leap announced on Wednesday that its product, Magic Leap One Creator Edition, is available to order on its website. The company says it will first ship orders out to customers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle starting Tuesday. People outside of those 6 cities can pre-order their device now, and Magic Leap says it will eventually ship to additional locations, though the exact timeframe for the wider rollout wasn’t specified.

The system, which includes the “Lightwear” headset, a controller, and a battery and computer pack that goes into your pocket called “Lightpack,” will cost $2,295.

For an extra $495, you can add a Professional Developer Package, which includes a hub that allows you to connect the headset to a computer and charge at the same time, as well as a resource that will provide a replacement Magic Leap One within 24 hours.

The prices and “Creator Edition” moniker suggest that this device is for developers, who will create software and other experiences, so there’s a full set of content for the system when it launches more broadly.

Magic Leap One“It’s really for developers and creators to start to understand and start to engage with the power of spatial computing,” Magic Leap’s Chief Product Officer, Omar Khan, who recently joined the company, said in an interview. “So they can take the experiences that they’re developing for other platforms and really start to think about — I call it the word ‘unshackling.'” 

But the system won’t be limited to handpicked developers. Instead, anyone who has registered for Magic Leap’s developer program, called “Creator Portal,” can order the smartglasses.

“I mean, obviously, Magic Leap One Creator Edition is for creators and developers,” Khan said. “You know I do not put any limitation on who can be a creator or developer.”

What does it do?

Magic Leap interface

Magic Leap’s glasses display the real world and integrate computer graphics, so that users can play games, videoconference with friends and family, and get work done. 

Magic Leap is one of the most richly funded startups in the field of “augmented reality,” but Magic Leap prefers the term “spatial computing.”  

The buzz around Magic Leap’s tech led the Florida-based startup to raise over $2.3 billion from investors including Google, Alibaba, top-tier Sand Hill Road venture capitalists, and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign investment arm.

One early application shipping with the device is called Create, which enables people to virtually change the world around them — at least through the lenses of Magic Leap One. 

“I love the color purple, I’m wearing purple today, and I may choose to put a purple hue on the world that I interact with,” Khan said. “I can say I want to turn every mug into a vase and I can start to put flowers and cups around my room and around the physical spaces that I interact with.”

“The spatial browser is an important part of launch from a Creator Edition perspective, there’s communications, social, a lot of aspects to what we’re launching,” he continued.

The first device specifications

Magic Leap One (Lightwear headset)There’s also a lot of advanced technology in the system: It runs off a Nvidia Parker processor, which includes 6 ARM cores. Its GPU is an Nvidia Pascal with 256 cores.

It’s also got 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of built-in storage, of which about 33GB is reserved for the operating system.

For connectivity, the device can connect to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There isn’t a cellular connection available on Magic Leap One.

All of that computing power needs electricity, and the rechargeable battery last for “up to 3 hours continuous use,” Magic Leap said. “Power level will be sustained when connected to an AC outlet.”

Here are few images of the user interface from the developer program:

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Here are some pictures of a working device, via the FCC: 

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Here’s a list of specs: 
“Lightwear” glasses and “Lightpack” computer pack

CPU & GPU

  • NVIDIA Parker SOC
  • CPU: 2 Denver 2.0 64-bit cores + 4 ARM Cortex A57 64-bit cores (2 A57’s and 1
    Denver accessible to applications)
  • GPU: NVIDIA Pascal, 256 CUDA cores
  • Graphic APIs: OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1+AEP

RAM

  • 8 GB

Storage Capacity

  • 128 GB (actual available storage capacity 95GB)

Power

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Up to 3 hours continuous use. Battery
    life can vary based on use cases. Power level will be sustained when connected
    to an AC outlet.
  • 45-watt USB-C Power Delivery (PD) charger

Audio Input/ Output

  • Voice (speech to text) + real world audio (ambient)
  • Onboard speakers and 3.5mm jack with audio spatialization processing

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • WiFi 802.11ac/b/g/n
  • USB-C

Controller

Haptics

  • LRA Haptic Device

Tracking

  • 6DoF (position and orientation) 

Touchpad

  • Touch sensitive

LEDs

  • 12-LED (RGB) ring with diffuser

Power 

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Up to 7.5 hours continuous use.
  • 15-watt USB-C charger

Other inputs 

  • 8-bit resolution Trigger Button
  • Digital Bumper Button
  • Digital Home Button

SEE ALSO: 2 days after raising $502 million, Magic Leap called the cops to say an employee had stolen $1 million

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Magic Leap's futuristic goggles are finally launching — here's how much they cost and how to buy them