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Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality headset is ready for a reality check

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality headset is ready for a reality check

Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz broke his self-proclaimed radio silence Tuesday night to tweet pictures of a launching rocketship, a Magic Leaper and link to a device with the model number 808, leading some to believe that the Magic Leap One Creator Edition will either launch Wednesday - Aug. 8 - or plans for the launch will be detailed Wednesday.

The Florida-based company has raised in excess of $2.3bn (£1.8bn) in funding from tech giants such as Google, China's Alibaba Group and the Saudi Arabia's sovereign investment arm over the past five years, says Business Insider UK.

Magic Leap's software and browser use spatial computing, a technology that allows users to engage the space around them as a medium to interact with technology, meaning that people could do things like throw away an email in a real trash can or project and use their calendar on the wall.

Magic Leap One Creator Edition mixed-reality headset is finally on sale for $2,295.

Magic Leap's history has always been somewhat mysterious, but it has also garnered a huge amount of support and hype from investors. Magic Leap had said that "many" product would be made available on more locations in next few months. There is Tónandi, a collaboration between Sigur Rós and Magic Leap Studios, and provides an "interactive audio-visual exploration of the sounds and spirit of the band".

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Magic Leap has also drawn attention recently from reports that the Field-of-View (FoV) for the device is a relatively unimpressive 40 degrees vertical by 30 degrees horizontal, with a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Available for $2295 Dollars, the Magic Leap One is now finally available for developer's to get their hands on to, at least for certain United States markets. The upcoming Dr. Grordbort's Invaders is an action game involving invading evil robots, developed with Weta Workshop. The company calls it "a whole new operating system" that works "in tandem with the brain" in order to provide the best possible spatial computing platform.

To access Helio and the Wayfair MR experience, users need to have purchased Magic Leap One, Creator Edition, which ships with Wayfair's MR experience as a featured bookmark. The device will cost $2,295, with an optional Professional Developer Package available for $495.

As for everyone else, Magic Leap One is shipping today.

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