Magic Leap 2 is Now Commercially Available
Magic Leap’s second-generation headset, the Magic Leap 2, is now commercially available in 19 countries and retails at $3,299. The headset will be sold in the US, the UK, and EU countries.
The augmented reality glasses still targets pros and developers and carries a hefty price tag of $3,299. The headset packs new design upgrades which have made them more practical for augmented reality applications. The new design changes are in line with the future of AR. The AR glasses target immersive apps for enterprise applications.
The Magic Leap 2 AR glasses have been built for business unity. The design allows for comfortable and sustained usage. It is also less bulky than the original Magic Leap 1 which the company launched in 2018 for $2,295. The Magic Leap 2 is 50% smaller and 20% lighter than the Magic Leap 1.
The Magic Leap 2 headset packs a lot of new improvements aimed at addressing some of the past concerns that hindered its widespread market adoption. For instance, it currently has the biggest field of view (70 degrees) of comparable augmented reality wearables. It also features other characteristics such as dynamic dimming that allows it to be effectively used in brightly lit environments like outdoors. This will provide much better visibility in bright settings.
The image solidity has also improved considerably thanks to the improvement in lens optics. This also makes text easier to read.
The smaller form factor and lighter weight allow the device to be worn over an extended duration of time.
The Magic Leap 2 device will also have some decent power. It features a quad-core AMD Zen 2-based processor in its compute pack. It has a 12.6MP camera as well as various other cameras for eye tracking, depth, and field of view. The device has 60FPS hand tracking for the gestures. The AR wearable provides up to 3.5 hours of non-stop use. It also has the most storage for an AR wearable, 256GB, which can accommodate more robust apps.
However, these improvements come with a steep price tag. The base model of the Magic Leap 2 AR wearable costs $3,299. For developers needing extra tools, enterprise features as well as early access for internal use, there is the Developer Pro edition of the device which costs $4,099.
For corporate buyers, there is the Enterprise model of the headset costing $4,999. This comes with managed updates as well as two years of business features.
The AR wearable also features an open platform that provides both enterprises and developers with cloud autonomy, flexibility, and data privacy.
Although the high price tag points to enterprise use cases, Magic is no longer marketing the device as a consumer product as it did with the first-generation product. The company is clear that the product targets tech and enterprise use cases.
The Magic Leap 2 headset also has over 3,000 product and platform innovations and there is still room to work out what works and what doesn’t in the platform.
Magic Leap boss Peggy Johnson says that interest in AR utility in sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, and the public sector has been rising as there are several improvements in this sector including advancements in AR technology, improvements in the user experience, and the development of more applications. It is this that drives the company’s new boss to focus on the enterprise market and to tailor its new generation headset specifically for enterprise customers.
The company says the Magic Leap 2 headset is already being used to improve hybrid work environments, simplify new hire training, and revolutionize how healthcare professionals learn and better serve their patients. Johnson says the Magic Leap 2 is already having a “real impact” in providing “meaningful value for enterprises”.
The Magic Leap 2 headset is now commercially available in 19 countries including the following: United States, Canada, UK, and the EU (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland, and Portugal). The headset is also already available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. By the end of this year, it is expected to be available in Japan and Singapore.
The general availability of the Magic Leap 2 headset is coming following its early access programs with a number of companies including Cisco, Brainlab, Taqtile, NeuroSync, SentiAR, Heru, and PTC.
During the early access program, Magic Leap kept on refining and improving the wearable for communication, training, and remote assistance applications for defense, clinical settings, retail stores, and industrial environments.