Published on June 12th, 2018 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Magic Leap Finally Delivered a Live, Public Demonstration of the Magic Leap One
On Wednesday, June 6, the people at Magic Leap finally (FINALLY) decided to give the public a dedicated, slow, feature-by-feature walkthrough of the Magic Leap One: Creator Edition. How was it? About as good as it gets without actually getting to see what images look like through the device when wearing it.
Host Alan Noon, Magic Leap’s senior learning resources technical artist, was joined by Shanna De Iuliis from the company’s technical marketing team, for the second installment of the company’s Twitch series. Apparently, when you talk to people who smirk knowingly and talk about how they’ve tried Magic Leap but can’t talk about it, De Iuliis is one of the people they’ve met but can’t talk about.
Although the demo was fairly limited, De Iuliis did a great job of explaining the specific use-cases for the device, how it works, and what the smaller features of the device do to enhance the experience.
And despite Magic Leap’s love of mystery, this wasn’t just a hardware flash and dash, De Iuliis got into specifics, such as how to mount the Lightpack computing module to your pants pocket (it’s not meant to be worn on a belt) and how to actually put the device on your head by using the retractable headband component.
She also walked through how the device first needs to calibrate itself to your particular eyesight profile. This is important because the device has cameras that point inward to track the user’s gaze, utilizing gaze tracking for some interface elements, as De Iuliis explained during the demo session. She also talked about how the device can be used for voice control interactions.
According to De Iuliis, about one in five people who try the Magic Leap One report feeling the virtual objects that weren’t actually there/tangible. “By breaking the boundaries of the [traditionally rectangular] screen, we’ve found that it makes experiences much more impactful,” said De Iuliis.
Toward the end of the demo, Noon actually (gasp!) turned the device on, thus erasing any notions that the company may have been trotting out industrial design prototypes in recent months rather than an actual working device. However, the team stopped short of actually showing off a demo of an app, which would have been challenging (and potentially damaging) given the sometimes poor visual quality and spotty streaming reliability of some Twitch streams.