Magic Leap’s smaller, lighter second-gen AR glasses are now available

Magic Leap’s second augmented reality glasses are available. The company has started selling Magic Leap 2 in 19 countries including the US, UK and EU states. The glasses are still aimed at developers and professionals, but include a number of design upgrades that make them vastly more practical – and show where the journey with AR could be going.

The design is 50 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the original. Then it should be more comfortable to wear over a longer period of time. Magic Leap also promises better visibility for AR in bright light (think a well-lit office) thanks to “dynamic dimming” that makes virtual content appear more solid. The lens optics reportedly deliver higher-quality images with easier-to-read text, and the company touts a wider field of view (70 degrees diagonal) than comparable wearables.

You can expect decent performance, which includes a quad-core AMD Zen 2-based processor in the “Compute Pack”, a 12.6-megapixel camera (plus a variety of depth, eye-tracking, and field-of-view cameras), and 60 FPS Hand tracking includes for gestures. You only get 3.5 hours of uninterrupted use, but the 256GB of storage (the largest in any dedicated AR device, Magic Leap claims) leaves room for more demanding apps.

As you can imagine, this will not be a bargain. The Magic Leap 2 Base model costs $3,299, while developers who want additional tools, enterprise features, and early access for internal use may want to pay $4,099 for the Developer Pro edition. Enterprise buyers should purchase a $4,999 Enterprise model that includes regular, managed updates and two years of business features.

You will therefore not be purchasing this for personal use. This is more true in healthcare, industrials, retail, and other areas where the price could easily be offset by profits. However, it joins projects by Qualcomm, Google and others to show where AR technology is headed. While early technology tended to be bulky and only ideal for a limited number of circumstances, hardware like Magic Leap 2 appears to be far more viable in the real world.

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