Magic Leap

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Magic Leap
Category Smartglasses
Developer Magic Leap Inc.
Released Developers:
Price USD
Operating system
Field of view
Weight g


Data available
Risk factor
Standalone-Not Standalone

Magic Leap's patent -

Main characteristics


Company & People

  • Rony Abovitz - Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. Brian Schowengerdt - Co-Founder, Chief Science and Experience Officer
  • Rachna Bhasin - Chief Business Officer
  • Rio Caraeff - Chief Content Officer
  • Scott Henry - Chief Financial Officer
  • Graeme Devine - Chief Game Wizard
  • Neal Stephenson - Chief Futurist [1]

Important Dates

  • 2010 - the company was founded[2]
  • 2011 - the first prototype of Magic Leap was developed[3]


Ethical & Health Issues

Public & Media Impact and Presentation

Dirk Groten claims: "Most of us in AR have always been very skeptical about Magic Leap's videos. They were just special effects videos, that was clear. "Show us the real thing" before we'll rejoice was what we would say. I'm not at all surprised that they aren't anywhere near a breakthrough. The challenge of a wide field of view with enough depth is a really really hard one to crack. Even with 1.4 billion in R&D money."[4]

Nick Statt from The Verge argues: "The report, which incorporates an interview with Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz, reveals that the company posted a misleading product demo last year showcasing its technology. The company has also had trouble miniaturizing its AR tech from a bulky helmet-sized device into a pair of everyday glasses, as Abovitz has repeatedly claimed the finished product will accomplish."[5]

Public Policy

Related Technologies, Projects or Scientific Research


  1. Magic Leap. About us. Magic Leap [online]. Available online at: (Retrieved 11th November, 2016).
  2. HOLLISTER, Sean. How Magic Leap Is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality. Gizmodo [online]. 2014, Nov 19. Available online at: (Retrieved 11th November, 2016).
  3. METZ, Rachel. Magic Leap: A startup is betting more than half a billion dollars that it will dazzle you with its approach to creating 3-D imagery. MIT Technology Review [online]. 2015. Available online at: (Retrieved 11th November, 2016).
  4. (Retrieved 12th December, 2016).
  5. STATT, Nick. Magic Leap is actually way behind, like we always suspected it was. The Verge [online]. 2016, Dec 8. Available online at: (Retrieved 12th December, 2016).