For years, Magic Leap has been floating through the tech world as a specter comprised of pure hype. The company attracted millions in funding from high-profile backers for its “mixed reality” goggles, as demos dripped out, starting with the ridiculously over the top and progressing into the more reasonable. Now, Magic Leap has finally revealed its goggles to the world and announced the Magic Leap One: Creator Edition headset is set to ship next year, presumably for developers and particularly obsessive first-adopters.
The goggles consist of three parts: the actual goggles which beam light into your eyes to create the images you perceive, the computational brain/battery that you strap to your body somewhere, and a handheld controller. The result is a getup that looks very sci-fi but a little bit awkward.
The new goggles were detailed in an in-depth article in Rolling Stone along with the brands own Twitter announcement but some extremely key details—price, battery life, actual date of availability, how widely the first-run goggles will be available for purchase—are still unknown. It’s certainly a big step forward to finally see an actual product after years of teasing and reports of sexual discrimination and technical problems plaguing development. Now the question is when you’ll actually get the chance—and whether you’ll actually want to—strap a pair of these on your face.