Though it’s anticipated to launch this yr, there’s nonetheless no agency launch date on Magic Leap 2. Nevertheless, the corporate has begun sharing particulars on the headset which suggests the launch is approaching.
This week on the SPIE Photonics West 2022 convention, Magic Leap’s VP of Optical Engineering, Kevin Curtis, took to the stage to share a bevy of latest particulars on the headset. Attendee Nataliya Kosmyna shared parts of the presentation alongside some parts which cropped up over on the AR XR MR subreddit.
In the course of the presentation Curtis detailed Magic Leap 2’s bevy of sensors, optical stack, Android basis, and extra.
Probably the most attention-grabbing particulars to return from the presentation are maybe in regards to the headset’s dynamic dimming functionality, which is a primary amongst industrial AR headsets.
Dynamic Dimming LensesPicture courtesy AR XR MR
Curtis shared that Magic Leap 2 can modify the sunshine transmission of its lenses from 22% to zero.three%. The previous being one thing like sun shades and the latter being nearer to welding goggles. This wide selection should make the headset usable even in very shiny outside environments (although it’s going to after all come at the price of dimming the world across the consumer as properly). Dynamic dimming is paired with a brightness vary from 20–2,000 nits; mixed, these capabilities ought to make the headset considerably extra versatile than its predecessor, and comparable headsets, in relation to different lighting circumstances.
Additionally famous within the presentation, the dimming functionality can refresh at 120Hz, and is “segmented” as properly. The slides state because of this Magic Leap 2 lenses can “allow black,” presumably by selectively dimming solely the a part of the lens the place black is required within the picture. On conventional clear AR headsets it’s unimaginable to have ‘black’ as a colour as a result of black is the absence of sunshine however the lenses don’t have any solution to cease mild from passing via. With out entry to the complete contents of Curtis’ speak, we don’t understand how exactly the dimming functionality will be segmented so it’s troublesome to know if this can be a relatively groundbreaking functionality, or one thing extra restricted.
Curiously, dropping to the minimal zero.three% mild transmission would possibly even make Magic Leap 2 helpful for totally immersive VR experiences the place the actual world is basically dimmed to make manner for completely digital content material. It stays to be seen if it is a use case the corporate is actively aiming for.
Concerning the headset itself, Curtis shared that Magic Leap 2 will are available only one dimension—a change from Magic Leap 1 which had a ‘giant’ and ‘small’ variant. The reasoning behind having two sizes for ML1 seems to have been pushed largely by a small eyebox and the dearth of IPD adjustment, requiring two totally different sizes of the headset to attempt to cowl an acceptable vary of the IPD spectrum. For Magic Leap 2, Curtis says the eyebox was doubled in dimension, apparently making it giant sufficient for the corporate to maneuver to a single headset dimension.
In line with Curtis, Magic Leap 2 weighs simply 248 grams (zero.5 kilos). That’s a virtually 22% discount over the unique headset’s 316 grams (zero.7 kilos), whereas furthering its lead in weight over HoloLens 2 which is available in at a a lot heftier 566 grams (1.2 kilos). Granted, Magic Leap 2 nonetheless depends on a tethered connection to a ‘Compute Pack’ which supplies it an enormous benefit within the weight division over totally self-contained headsets.
ML2 can even embody eye-tracking, with two cameras per-eye. So far as we all know, that’s up from one digicam per-eye on ML1, which may imply higher accuracy. Eye illumination is supplied by six tiny LEDs which will be seen embedded in every lens.Picture courtesy Nataliya Kosmyna
It isn’t clear but if Magic Leap 2 could have the identical varifocal capabilities as ML1. Given the diagram shared by Curtis (additional above)—which seems to indicate one waveguide per crimson, inexperienced, and blue colour (as a substitute of two per colour as with ML1)—the characteristic could have been scrapped.
The headset will embody a 12MP RGB digicam for user-facing picture capabilities, like taking photos & movies, scanning barcodes, and streaming video for ‘see-what-I-see’ use-cases. On-board audio can be confirmed.Picture courtesy Alessio Grancini
Two key issues we don’t know but are the decision and field-of-view of Magic Leap 2. In line with Curtis, Magic Leap 2 has “double” the field-of-view of ML1 (which is 50° diagonal), although we count on this implies double the realm, not double any of the linear dimensions. The corporate has beforehand shared this comparability of the ML2 field-of-view vs. ML1 by which we will see a lot of the acquire comes within the vertical path.Picture courtesy Magic Leap
As for efficiency, Curtis signifies the Magic Leap 2 ‘Compute Pack’ could have 2–three instances the GPU & CPU efficiency of Magic Leap 1, together with the addition of a devoted co-processor for dealing with computer-vision operations, which he known as the CVPU (computer-vision processing unit).
Curtis didn’t specify Magic Leap 2’s processor, however the firm has strongly hinted that it comes from AMD. Curiously, Magic Leap 1 was based mostly on Nvidia’s Tegra chipset, which was pretty novel for this type of system.
AMD can be a considerably novel selection for Magic Leap 2 as most gadgets on this class use chips from Qualcomm, together with Magic Leap’s fundamental competitors, HoloLens 2. Chances are you’ll know AMD as a creator of desktop & laptop computer processors in addition to GPUs, however the firm additionally has a major foothold within the console market because the longstanding supplier of chips in Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Magic Leap 2 may symbolize AMD’s first important entry into the XR area.Picture courtesy Nataliya Kosmyna
Magic Leap 2 additionally touts “extra reminiscence, storage, and battery life vs. rivals,” however we don’t have many specifics right now. From the supplies now we have we all know that ML2 could have USB-C charging, Bluetooth 5.1, and WiFi 802.11AX (AKA WiFi 6).
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