AR startup Magic Leap has at last unveiled the release date for their long awaited Magic Leap 2 headset. The company is gearing the upcoming device toward professionals such as surgeons and engineers. The Magic Leap 2 will be available on September 30, 2022, with a base price of $3,299.
Of course, that’s just the price for the basic edition. The Magic Leap 2 Developer Pro retails at a quirky $4,009, while the Magic Leap 2 Enterprise edition’s launch price is $4,999.
Surprisingly, all three versions of the device are identical in terms of hardware. However, the Developer Pro edition includes developer tools access, sample projects and enterprise-grade features. Said edition is recommended for internal testing and development of applications. The Magic Leap 2 Enterprise edition includes a 2-year limited warranty and quarterly software release.
Mixed Reality and Healthcare
UC Davis Children’s Hospital surgeons have already used Magic Leap’s original headset to assist in separating a set of craniopagus twins. MRI and CT scans of the infants were reconstructed in 3D and uploaded to a Magic Leap 1 headset. Additionally, Magic Leap granted four of its healthcare partners early access to the upcoming device back in January.
Other AR and VR companies are assisting in healthcare as well. In March, Orama VR launched its MAGES SDK, which allows companies to develop virtual reality medical teaching simulations.
One of the primary improvements made with the Magic Leap 2 is the expansion of the field of view. Offering a 70-degree diagonal field-of-view, the Magic Leap 2 can overlay larger digital images over reality than the Magic Leap 1 was capable of.
Another highlighted feature is Dynamic Dimming which lets the headset easily change the opacity of projected images. Additionally, by streamlining the Magic Leap 2’s capabilities, the company was able to reduce its carbon footprint. The device also features a 120Hz refresh rate, supports over 16 million colors and offers high-resolution images with 2.5 million pixels per eye.