Magic Leap’s smaller and lighter second-generation AR glasses are now available

The second version of Magic Leap on augmented reality glasses is available. The company has started selling Magic Leap 2 in 19 countries including the US, UK and EU. The glasses are still aimed at developers and professionals, but they include a number of design upgrades that make them considerably more practical – and indicate where AR could be heading.

The design is 50% smaller and 20% lighter than the original. It should therefore be more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Magic Leap also promises better visibility for AR in bright light (think a well-lit office) thanks to “dynamic dimming” which makes virtual content more solid. The lens optics are said to deliver higher quality images with easier to read text, and the company is touting a wider field of view (70 degrees diagonal) than comparable handhelds.

You can expect decent power which includes an AMD Zen 2-based quad-core processor in the “compute package”, a 12.6 MP camera (plus a host of cameras for depth, eye tracking and field vision) and hand tracking at 60 frames per second. for gestures. You’ll only get 3.5 hours of nonstop use, but the 256GB of storage (the most in any dedicated AR device, according to Magic Leap) offers room for more sophisticated apps.

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

Therefore, you will not buy it for personal use. It’s more for healthcare, industrial, retail, and other spaces where the price could easily be outweighed by the profit. However, it joins projects from Qualcomm, Google and others to show where AR technology is going. Where early technologies tended to be bulky and ideal only for a narrow set of circumstances, hardware like Magic Leap 2 seems to be considerably more usable in the real world.

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