Magic Leap To Host Developer Days At Its Offices In Florida

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Magic Leap announced new programs that will run across 2020, including two separate Developer Day events and a new program called ‘Access Hardware’ for developers. Announced in a blog post , Access Hardware is a new program that aims to provide developers with Magic Leap devices to use for development. Magic Leap notes that the program is specifically for “developers who are serious about publishing applications with Magic Leap.”

Magic Leap Opens Programs To Extend Support To Developers

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Magic Leap is giving developers access to additional hardware, funding, enterprise customers, and support. Magic Leap understands that the future of AR means empowering creators with the right tools to explore ideas that will push the technology further into the arms of consumers. The first is Access Hardware, a program that will put Magic Leap’s powerful AR headset into the hands of developers who are focused on building AR applications specifically for Magic Leap.

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Report: AR Startup Magic Leap Exploring Sale, Facebook Uninterested

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AR startup Magic Leap is trying to explore various strategic options, including a sale, with companies such as Facebook and Johnson & Johnson, according to Bloomberg. ” Bloomberg’s sources feel Magic Leap “could fetch more than $10 billion if it pursues a sale.” ” Magic Leap has reportedly been gauging interest from companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Facebook.

Report: AR Startup Magic Leap is Looking for a Buyer

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Magic Leap, the multi-billion dollar AR startup, could be exploring the possibility of a sale, a Bloomberg report maintains, citing people familiar with the matter. The company’s deep pockets funded the release of Magic Leap 1, an AR headset targeted at developers, enterprise, and anyone with $2,300 to spare. A meeting was also allegedly held between Facebook and Magic Leap, however Facebook was uninterested in acquiring Magic Leap at the time.

Turn Your Home Into A Mixed Reality Record Store With Spotify On Magic Leap

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Spotify — the Starbucks Coffee equivalent to digital music streaming — this week announced its arrival on the Magic Leap One mixed reality headset, adding yet another entry into its list of compatible devices. Available for download now via Magic Leap World, the Spotify mixed reality app allows Premium subscribers to access their personal catalog of music and playlists in a mixed reality setting. Feature Image Credit: Magic Leap.

Magic Leap Announces Layoffs & Pivot Away From Near-term Consumer Ambitions

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Magic Leap today announced layoffs impacting “every level of the company” and a pivot away from the company’s near-term consumer ambitions and toward the enterprise space. In a blog post published by Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz , it was announced that the company is facing seemingly major layoffs and reorganization as it attempts to survive as a massive pre-revenue startup in an economically uncertain time.

Hands-On With Magic Leap Shooter ‘Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders’

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Weta Workshop offers a taste of their upcoming shooter at the Magic Leap’s first L.E.A.P. Magic Leap’s inaugural L.E.A.P. developer conference officially kicked-off this morning in Los Angeles, bringing together some of the most talent creators in mixed reality (MR) for two days of exciting demonstrations, gripping keynotes, and other intriguing reveals regarding the Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset. Image Credit: Magic Leap.

Our First Look At Magic Leap’s Experimental Spatial Computing AR Experience

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Undersea , a new spatial computing AR experience developed for the Magic Leap One headset, is set to premiere next week at the 46th annual SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference in Los Angeles. Available for demo July 28th – August 1st at the Immersive Pavilion, Undersea harnesses the power of the Magic Leap One, as well as Unreal Engine 4 and Vulcan 3.1 Image Credit: Magic Leap. Featured Image Credit: Magic Leap.

Report: Magic Leap Has Bought A Game Developer

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Magic Leap Reportedly Exploring The Possibility Of $10 Billion Sale

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Magic Leap is reportedly working closely with a financial advisor on exploring options to keep the doors of the AR startup open. If sold, Magic Leap could potentially receive more than $10 billion according to an unidentified source. Back in 2015, Magic Leap released a teaser video showcasing what owners of the Magic Leap One headset could expect out of the experience. This did little to discourage Magic Leap, however.

Magic Leap is Offering Individual Developers up to $500K for Their AR Projects

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At Magic Leap’s developer conference last month, the company announced they were ready to throw down serious cash to developers to build apps for their new AR headset, Magic Leap One. There’s no clear ceiling on how much Magic Leap has earmarked for the development fund, but it’s safe to say it’s pretty high considering the company is offering between $20,000 and $500,000 per project to populate their content store.

Magic Leap Founder Rony Abovitz to Step Down as CEO

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Magic Leap pivoted to the enterprise space recently after an extended lukewarm reception by consumers for its $2,300 AR headset. Abovitz released a statement on the Magic Leap blog explaining the move, saying that a change in his role was “a natural next step” to bringing about the next phase of the company. I have been leading Magic Leap since 2011 (starting in my garage). Image courtesy Magic Leap.

Magic Leap Could Call its First AR Headset ‘Magic Leap One’

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Magic Leap, the secretive augmented reality startup, might be calling its first device ‘Magic Leap One’, as suggested by a recent trademark filing. A company spokesperson also mentioned that it was “full steam ahead toward the launch of Magic Leap One.”. SEE ALSO ILMxLab's John Gaeta Joins Magic Leap as Senior VP of Creative Strategy.

US Navy Using Magic Leap Headsets To Keep Soldiers Combat-Ready At Sea

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The Magic Leap One AR headset enters the US Military training program. A new AR training tool developed by Magic Leap Horizons will use Magic Leap One AR headset to deliver various AR military training scenarios to the US Navy. Magic Leap Horizons originally developed TRACER as part of the US Army’s Augmented Reality Dismounted Soldier Training (ARDST) project.

Diorama-style AR Detective Game ‘Glimt’ Arrives on Magic Leap 1, Trailer Here

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Resolution Games, the studio behind Acron: Attack of the Squirrels (2019) and Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs (2019) , today launched their latest game on Magic Leap 1. Called Glimt: The Vanishing at the Grand Starlight Hotel , the detective game arrives today on Magic Leap World for free. Glimt is Resolution Games third AR game and was created as part of Magic Leap’s Independent Creator Program.

Gadgeteer Receives Big Optimizations, AR Version Coming To Magic Leap

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But that’s not all — it looks like the developers want the game to conquer AR as well, with a Magic Leap release on the horizon. However, perhaps the biggest announcement in the post was that the team is bringing an AR version of Gadgeteer to Magic Leap platforms. It sounds like a fantastic idea, but we might be waiting a while — we’ve not got any details on release date for the Magic Leap version yet.

Developers Begin Exploring Magic Leap SDK

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Magic Leap launches “Creator Portal” to let you start creating content. Secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap is finally taking its first step towards opening up their platform to outside developers. Announced today on the company’s site , developers can now explore Magic Leap’s software development kit and dive into the Creator Portal to find documentation, tutorials, and more. In December, Magic Leap revealed a first look of the headset.

Magic Leap’s Latest Experience Is An Interactive Fairy Tale

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As with all immersive hardware and platforms, the success (or otherwise) of Magic Leap will hinge on whether it can attract creative developers to make awesome content to bring its technology to life. The Independent game studio just launched its first title for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, called Luna: Moondust Garden. Just the idea of seeing something come into your environment, that alone has a magical quality to it,” adds Senior Producer Eddy Ortega. “So

Microsoft Exec Peggy Johnson to Take Over as CEO of Magic Leap

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Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s Executive VP of Business Development, is slated to take the reins as the new CEO of Magic Leap, effective August 1st. This comes nearly a month after co-founder Rony Abovitz announced he would be stepping down as CEO , citing the company’s need for leadership to further commercialize Magic Leap tech for enterprise. The post Microsoft Exec Peggy Johnson to Take Over as CEO of Magic Leap appeared first on Road to VR.

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz Steps Down Citing ‘Focused’ Direction

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Rony Abovitz is stepping down from the CEO role at Magic Leap after raising more than $2 billion and subsequently laying off a large segment of the workforce. A statement posted to the company website confirms the transition: As we’ve shared over the last several weeks, in order to set Magic Leap on a course for success, we have pivoted to focus on delivering a spatial computing platform for enterprise. I have been leading Magic Leap since 2011 (starting in my garage).

Magic Leap Software Update Adds Hand Occlusion, Shared Space Multiplayer

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A major software update for the Magic Leap One adds support for hand occlusion and shared space multiplayer. The last update to Magic Leap One added skeletal hand tracking, meaning developers can retrieve the position of each joint in space. Depending on the tracking quality, this should bring the Magic Leap One’s interaction capabilities more in line with Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. Magic Leap ar LuminOS Magic Leap One

Magic Leap Cites COVID-19 In Layoff Notice After Report Of Slow Sales

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AR headset maker Magic Leap is laying off “a number of employees” in what it says is a response to the difficulties raised by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ” “This has made it necessary for us to make the incredibly difficult decision to lay off a number of employees across Magic Leap,” Abovitz said. At launch, Magic Leap focused on attracting consumers, with new games and experiences from famous developers such as Insomniac Games.

New Magic Leap AR Game Puts You In The Shoes Of A Psychic Super Sleuth

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Resolution Games’ latest title is a magical mystery perfect for wannabe detectives. . Resolution Games , developer behind immersive experiences such as Angry Birds VR, Angry Birds AR, and Angry Birds FPS: First-Person Slingshot , yesterday announced an original AR game for Magic Leap One headsets. Glimt: The Vanishing at the Grand Starlight Hotel will be available exclusively on Magic Leap One headsets; no word yet on an official release date.

Magic Leap Warns Of ‘Critical’ Battery Issue Days After Huge Layoffs

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Magic Leap sent owners of its AR headsets a warning that they need to update their devices due to an issue related to the battery. There’s also a website posted about the “Critical OS Update for Magic Leap One Creator Edition and Magic Leap 1” which explains that the software update will “minimize the likelihood of swelling” by activating a “Battery Saver Mode” when it is “connected to a charger for extended periods of time.”

Insomniac’s Final Independent Studio Release Is ‘Strangelets’ AR Game For Magic Leap One

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Magic Leap and Insomniac Games announced a new game, Strangelets, for the Magic Leap One. We tried an early version of Insomniac’s previous AR game, Seedling, at Leap Con in October last year. The Magic Leap blog also provides a brief description of the gameplay that Magic Leap owners can expect from Strangelets. The game is a follow-up to Insomniac’s previous AR title Seedling , which released last year.

Magic Leap Reveals Developer Demo, Confirms NVIDIA TX2 Hardware

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Today during Magic Leap’s developer livestream the company offered the first details on the compute hardware that’s built into the device, confirming that an NVIDIA CPU/GPU module, and also showed a brief developer sample demonstrating world meshing and gesture input. Kimball said that the Unity and Unreal engine integrations for Magic Leap do much of the core balancing optimizations (between the available A57 cores and Denver 2 core) for developers already.

After A Year In Court, Magic Leap’s Case Against Nreal Has Been Dismissed

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US Courts says Magic Leap has failed to state their claims against Nreal. Back in June of 2019, Magic Leap filed a lawsuit against Nreal claiming the company stole technology and design that belonging to the Florida-based AR company. Magic Leap accused Nreal founder and former Magic Leap employee Chi Xu of “blatant copying” and taking a “free ride on Magic Leap’s business, image, and confidential information,” with the Nreal glasses.

First-Person Angry Birds Game Announced For Magic Leap One

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One mobile gaming’s most prolific franchises arrives on the Magic Leap One this fall. Available this fall on the Magic Leap One Creator Edition MR headset, Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot immerses players in the colorful worlds of Angry Birds, allowing them to look down the sights of their slingshot and takes down hordes of villanous green pigs as they would in real-life ( a totally common, everyday activity ).

Magic Leap Job Listing Points to Future Platform Support for Mobile AR

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It looks like Magic Leap could be gearing up to jump into the world of mobile AR, as the company recently published a job listing for a senior software engineer who will be tasked with building “a cross-platform framework that enables large scale shared AR experiences between mobile devices (iOS, Android) and Magic Leap devices.” Image courtesy Magic Leap. Magic Leap launched their debut product, the Magic Leap One , in August 2018.

Exploring An AR Coral Reef Bursting With Life In Magic Leap’s ‘Undersea’, Available Now

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Hands-on with Magic Leap’s latest spatial computing experience at SIGGRAPH 2019. Among this year’s exciting offerings is a brand new augmented reality experience from Magic Leap entitled Undersea. Available today via the Magic Leap World Store, Undersea harnesses the power of Unreal Engine 4 and Vulcan 3.1 Image Credit: Magic Leap. The true magic of the experience, however, came during my interactions with the digital sea life.

Magic Leap Releases Toolkit With Pre-built Components for Easier AR Development

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Magic Leap has released a new set of development components in a ‘Magic Leap Toolkit’ (MLTK) which includes a slew of pre-built tools which aim to make it easier for creators to bring their AR vision to life without needing to re-think the basics. The MLTK, available now for developers working in Unity , offers up a range of pre-built tools which take some of the heavy lifting out of building AR apps for the Magic Leap headset.

Magic Leap Received Over 6,000 Applications for Independent Creator Grant Program

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The application deadline for Magic Leap’s Independent Creator Grant Program is up, and the company has revealed that over 6,000 applications have been received for consideration. The grant program has earmarked between $20,000 to $500,000 per project to populate their content store, Magic Leap World. “We hoped for a steady stream of pitches, but what we received was a tsunami of sensational ideas,” says Magic Leap chief content officer Rio Caraeff.

Magic Leap 2 Planned for Launch in 2021, Targeting Enterprise & Prosumers

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Magic Leap’s next-gen AR headset, Magic Leap 2, is officially slated to launch sometime in 2021. ” Speaking to Forbes, Abovitz says its next headset is now passing through its final build stages, although he didn’t delve into specifics regarding any of the device’s upcoming features, saying only that the company plans to work with customers to perfect the Magic Leap 2 throughout 2020—exactly how, he wouldn’t say.

Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

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Today Magic Leap has launched the Lumin SDK, the toolkit which allows developers to build AR experiences for Lumin OS, the operating system that powers the Magic Leap One headset. Announced with support for both Unity and Unreal, the Lumin SDK exposes the capabilities of the Magic Leap One headset to developers who can use it to begin building augmented reality experiences for the platform.

Magic Leap Shows Prototype Headset Progress Since 2014

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At a sponsored GDC 2018 session, the still mysterious augmented reality company Magic Leap has revealed how their prototype hardware has evolved from 2014 to present day. SEE ALSO Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More. ” Magic Leap “The Bench” Prototype from 2014 – Photo: Road to VR. ” The ‘Cheese Head’ 2014 Magic Leap prototype Photo: Road to VR.

Magic Leap is Giving Away More Hardware Soon, Dev Conference Coming to Florida HQ in May

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Magic Leap recently announced some new programs that aim to get developers creating for the its AR headset, Magic Leap 1. The company additionally released dates for its developer conference, LEAP Developer Days, which will be held in May at Magic Leap’s headquarters in Florida. If West Coasters were hoping for a return of LEAP to its inaugural location in Los Angeles this year, they’ll actually need to do a bit of globe-trotting.

Report: Magic Leap One’s Field of View Detailed in Developer Documentation

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Magic Leap One is headed out to doorsteps this summer, that much is certain. One such developer reportedly found the final text describing Magic Leap One’s FOV, which was buried in the site’s source code. Displayed in 4:3 aspect ratio, the Magic Leap One headset supposedly features a horizontal FOV of 40 degrees, a vertical of 30 degrees, and a diagonal of 50 degrees. Image courtesy Next Reality, Magic Leap.