Magic Leap is holding its first ever developer conference this week, aptly named LeapCon, and during the show’s keynote CEO Rony Abovitz and a gaggle of other execs allowed us to peer into the future of the company’s AR tech.
The Magic Leap One: Creator Edition headset was released earlier this year, designed for eager developers to get in the door early and start building towards a consumer-ready model. So the journey has only started, and at LeapCon we saw what’s coming next. By the end of 2019, Magic Leap promises that its mixed reality goggles will do much, much more.
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While it’s promising features like avatar personalization and support for video streaming tech MPEG-DASH, it’s the 2019 bit of the timeline that’s sure to get people buzzing. In Q1 of next year, Magic Leap says it will add support for two controllers with six degrees of freedom (right now you can only use one wand) and iris detection login, so it’ll be able to recognize you just by your eyes.
Something called ‘large scale mapping’ is also coming early next year, and while there wasn’t much detail on this, it seems pretty self-explanatory. Magic Leap can map a room pretty nicely right now, but it sounds like there are plans to tackle even larger play areas.
There'll be a spectator view mode too, so others can use their smartphones to see what you're seeing in the headset. Beyond Q1 of next year, the company said it's working on object recognition, which would mean Magic Leap won't only know when something is in the way, but may be able to tell you what it is.
In fact, all of this stuff is an indicator of what we can expect when the company launches Magic Leap Two, which will be the consumer-ready (and hopefully cheaper) version.
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