Mixed reality (MR) is something that multiple companies such as Microsoft and Vuzix have been experimenting with. This includes tech start-up Magic Leap, with the company allowing a select group of celebrities to try out a version of the firm’s upcoming MR glasses.
Celebrities who have already experienced the prototype include singer Beyonce, who was apparently not terribly impressed with the technology. British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais, however, took to Twitter to praise the product and ask the Magic Leap team how it felt to be on the cusp of changing the world.
Gervais went on to compare the team at Magic Leap to famous inventors and innovators such as John Logie Baird, inventor of the television, and Alexander Graham Bell, the pioneer behind the telephone. The Magic Leap team responded with a comment that they felt both nervous, excited and optimistic about the future.
There has as of yet been no public demonstration of the Magic Leap product, and some reports even indicated that engineers were struggling to produce a working prototype for an internal board meeting. That has not stopped the company for acquiring several companies such as FuzzyCube and animators at Moonbot to work in the content production team. Nor has it prevented companies such as Google and Qualcomm from investing heavily in Magic Leap.
Who else has seen the demonstration of the Magic Leap product is not yet clear, nor is it known if this means the Magic Leap glasses are close to a final version. Though the product is estimated to be ready sometime this year, an exact date is not known. A final price point has not yet been set, though most reports are predicting a price somewhere in the $1000-2000 USD region.
VRFocus will bring you further information on Magic Leap as soon as it becomes available.