If you’re ready to jump onboard the VR bandwagon, tech company Magic Leap is making it a lot easier. The Florida-based company’s One model, the product of considerable R&D, is the brainchild of founder Rony Abovitz, a University of Miami-educated biomedical engineer.
It is surmised that the glasses unit may present the watershed moment in the ‘augmented reality’ revolution that will signal a fundamental shift in how people use computers, and that said moment—and said revolution—is now right around the corner.
The glasses unit—called Lightware by Magic Leap—is something like an incredibly sophisticated wearable head-up display; it is powered by the Lighpack, which is an associated computerized module that fits in a pocket or clips onto a belt. The glasses can place a virtual world—and one which reacts to the user—into view, combining the real-life landscape with the digital world. The implications are dizzying, as are the potential commercial, industrial, medical, and entertainment applications.
The product is the natural continuation and expansion of Abovitz’s first company, Mako Surgical, which produced a robotic surgical assistant; the design allowed Abovitz to sell Mako for $1.65 billion.
Magic Leap confirms that the One will be available early next year.