Magic Leap’s Latest Demo Is Like Tripping Balls

By Darren Orf on at

Wired just published a giant feature on Magic Leap, the lavishly-funded, and crazy secretive mixed reality startup that we know almost nothing about. Professional thoughtfluencer Kevin Kelly got impressive access to the startup and reveals some very tiny details about what the hell they’re doing. There’s a headset! And it is capable of what you see in the video below, which is like tripping, if LSD made you hallucinate your calendar.

The demo, which Magic Leap just posted to YouTube, is a look at what your morning might be like if you’re living in the company’s mixed reality future. It’s not a very lofty future, but I daresay it’s a useful one. Though I’ve never had a morning in which I intensely study topographical maps of Everest or ethereal jellyfish, the graphics are impressively realistic—especially compared to its mixed reality cousin, Microsoft’s Hololens.

But even though Wired got access, we still don’t really know what Magic Leap’s headset is going to look like. Here’s the bit we do learn from Kelly’s time with Magic Leap’s mysterious faceputer:

The user sees the outside world through the glass, while the virtual elements are projected from a light source at the edge of the glass and then reflected into the user’s eyes by the beam-splitting nano-ridges. Magic Leap claims that its device is unique in the way it beams light into the eye, though the company declines to explain it further at this time.

My that’s incredibly vague, but it’s something.

Kelly also mentions that because Magic Leap’s tech is mixed reality, and not virtual reality, taking off Magic Leap is as easy as “taking off sunglasses.” But before you get excited about the idea of a compact MR unit you can slip into your breast pocket, Kelly assures that MR headsets, just like VR, are far from being culturally invisible.

So there you have it. There are thousands more words at Wired, if you like.