Do you happen to be a developer with an idea that would be great for augmented reality (AR)/mixed reality (MR) headsets but need some funding to get it off the ground. Well, you’re in luck, as Magic Leap has recently announced its new Independent Creator Program, a development fund looking to offer grants for the best ideas that can be used on Magic Leap One.
There’s a lot of money up for grabs and time is short if you want to apply. Magic Leap is offering grants between $20,000 USD and $500,000 per project, along with the developer and marketing support and the hardware participants will need to launch your big idea.
Successful applicants will get more than cash to help bring their vision to life. Lucky grant recipients will be able to access Magic Leap’s full range of partners and resources, including MoCap/VolCap studios, 1:1 guidance from the company’s Developer Relations team – which includes QA testing – and of course some nice shiny Magic Leap One hardware to build it on.
Applications are open now until 15th December. After which point applications will be reviewed and funding will be offered on a rolling basis through 15th February 2019. The best experiences will then be showcased at the second L.E.A.P. Conference in 2019 – the first took place last month.
The Magic Leap One Creator Edition was finally announced almost a year ago, with a retail price starting from $2,295 USD. While the user base is going to be small, Magic Leap will still need plenty of content to showcase its technology.
The Magic Leap One system is comprised of three parts, the main headset (called Lightwear), a battery and processing unit termed ‘Lightpack’, and a 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) movement controller. One of the biggest negatives seized upon regarding the headset was the field of view (FOV). Listed as 40 degrees horizontal by 30 degrees vertical its only just bigger than Microsoft’s HoloLens and much smaller than any VR headset. If further details of the Magic Leap Independent Creator Program are released, VRFocus will let you know.