AT&T and Magic Leap Partnership is All About 5G, While Selling a $2,300 Headset Without It


Regardless of securing $280 million from Japan’s largest telecom earlier this summer time, we’ve heard surprisingly little from the multi-billion greenback AR startup of late concerning its flagship headset, Magic Leap One. Now, the corporate has introduced quite a lot of new options coming to ML1 in its newest Lumin OS zero.97 and SDK zero.22 updates, which incorporates hand monitoring with correct occlusion masking, “out of the field” multiplayer assist, and some different goodies that ideally place the platform to attraction to future shoppers.

In Magic Leap’s final replace, zero.96 (launched in Might), the corporate launched full skeleton monitoring of the hand, though now devs can entry a hand mesh by means of API that the corporate says not solely correctly occludes the scene when your hand passes in entrance of it, however ought to allow you to maintain digital objects too.

 

Though hand monitoring is getting some extra love on this month’s replace, the corporate says they’ve redesigned the interplay mannequin of Lumin OS based mostly round Management, the system’s single 6DOF controller.

Management is now “the default interplay” for Lumin OS, which incorporates duties corresponding to choice, placement, and extraction.

Multiplayer Enhancements

The corporate first launched its cloud ‘Map Merge’ perform in February, which introduced the power for “2+ individuals” to have shared experiences on ML1. Map Merge is quickly slated to be accessible to everybody as a public beta, which Magic Leap says will enable Lumin to assist multiplayer eventualities “out of the field” by means of their PCF API.

The replace is on the market at this time for Skilled Developer bundle customers, though the total roll out is alleged to land earlier than the tip of the month for everybody else.

Magic Leap Replace Brings Hand Occlusion, Expanded Multiplayer Help & Extra – Highway to VR 6Picture courtesy Magic Leap, Weta Workshop

Whereas the corporate hasn’t talked about whether or not or not they’re ever releasing Weta Workshop’s multiplayer experimental shooter Grordbattle, which was created to showcase the headset’s multiplayer perform, the Map Merge pubic beta will technically let builders create large-scale multiplayer video games beginning at this time that the corporate says can span “over a number of flooring inside a medium-sized area (1500 sq toes or so),” or an app for 5-10 customers, with Four-5 individuals in the identical room and 10 individuals in different areas of the identical constructing.

It may do extra, Magic Leap’s senior vp of software program Yannick Pellet says, though these are the perfect parameters.

Accessibility, Third-party Integration & Extra

Pellet stories that this month’s massive “shopper” reveal (inverted commas for the reason that headset is meant for builders) is a music app referred to as Overture. The primary-party app is alleged to let third-party apps combine with the corporate’s background music service to manage the music in your atmosphere. With Overture, you may pause and play a observe, alter the quantity, skip to the following tune, and carry out different fundamental controls.

Right here’s a fast rundown of a few of the different options hitting ML1 with Lumin’s sixth OS replace:

Internationalization and localization for UK, France and Germany
Formally assist for Unity 2019.2 (binary builds for Unreal accessible by means of the Epic Launcher)
OAuth assist for Third-party apps by means of C API. Universe and Helio use a Safe OAuth Window as a most popular technique of integrating OAuth providers into an app
Introduction of a brand new Direct Rendering API for improved stereoscopic rendering high quality in immersive apps; permits customers to render their very own 3D content material utilizing WebGL
Six-person calls in Avatar Chat
Helio browser Darkish Mode
Helio browwer environment-based shortcuts/bookmarks
System Stream toolset (SDK), builders can entry a tool stream on their desktop

Take a look at Magic Leap’s full blogpost for extra element.