Magic Leap: Released Tech Specs and New Demo Still Fail to Impress

Magic Leap CEO hits back at skeptics after a new video demo of the technology got a chilly reception.

Opinion on Magic Leap remains very much divided, with some people predicting it will change the face of immersive technology forever, while many other dismiss it as a pie-in-the-sky project that can never live up to its hype. Whatever the truth, the Magic Leap has now come closer to Earth with the reveal of its hardware specs.

During one of the company’s semi-frequent livestreams on Twitch, some of the engineers behind the project appeared to talk about the hardware that would power the Magic Leap One headset, and also appeared to confirm that the device would be available to consumers sometime in Summer, 2018.

Magic Leap One Reveal

According to the livestream the device will use an Nvidia Parket X2, containing three processors; a quad-core ARM A57 CPU, a dual-core Denver 2 CPU and an Nvidia Pascal-based GPU with 256 CUDA cores.

The company also produced a new video which apparently contained footage which was apparently captured directly from the Magic Leap device, which according to almost all responses, fell well short of the kind of awe-inducing effect promised by the slick promotional videos featuring whales bursting from gym floors.

Apple analyst John Gruber was particularly unimpressed, commenting after the demo video was revealed: “I’ve long been suspicious that the reason Magic Leap is so secretive about their actual technology is that it’s nowhere close to what they promised in their concept videos. This seems to confirm it.”

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz hit back at the negative responses, saying in a Twitter thread: “We spend our time and R and D tuning our Digital Lightfield Signal to the eye-brain system, not electronic camera sensors. During ML1 development we have given over 10,000 actual live demos. And we will be creating as many opportunities as possible post launch for hands-on experience as well,” wrote Abovitz on Twitter. “Video capture can not differentiate between phone AR, VR, MR — the relevant differentiating information is lost. That said, a direct Digital Lightfield signal that allows your eye-brain system to do its thing, that is where all the magic happens.”

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