Magic Leap Files Design Patent For ‘Virtual Reality Glasses’

by Ian Hamilton • August 30th, 2017

Technology enthusiasts continue to itch for a proper look at Magic Leap’s technology. The Florida-based company carries an incredible amount of financial backing, roughly $1.4 billion, to build out its technology platform. For years now we’ve been forced to piece together our best guesses at the company’s approach to the VR/AR industry, with a headset that is purported to deliver light fields to its wearer’s eyes. This method of inserting digital objects into your view might be visually indistinguishable from unaltered reality, or at least that’s the promise.

Even if the technology is able to deliver on that lofty promise there are serious concerns about the size, weight, processing and power requirements of the hardware that could make it uncomfortable, ugly or impossible to wear in a real world setting. The company seems to be continually showing hints of what it hopes to deliver one day, including a series of patents depicting a variety of designs that may or may not resemble the final product.

And that seems to again be the case with the latest patent, filed in 2015 and published this week. Magic Leap told Business Insider “what you are looking at is not our product.”

Nevertheless, the level of interest in updates on Magic Leap, as well as the title of the patent (“Virtual reality glasses”) demands that we shine a light on the latest from the company. The company has been a defender of the term “Mixed Reality” to refer to its technology and its CEO Rony Abovitz has been critical of the current way VR headsets display imagery. So to see the company patent VR glasses is certainly notable, even if powered by different technology.

The patent is number D795,952.

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  • Benjamin Stanley

    Cool stuff. 🙂

  • Gaspar Ferreiro

    Magic Leap told Business Insider “what you are looking at is not our product.”… because as of now there isn’t such a thing as “Our product” LOL. Ok just kidding, but i am really starting to wonder what they have (if anything) that is close to a production ready prototype 🙂

    • Firestorm185

      ditto.

    • Smokey_the_Bear

      I heard they are going to start shipping Dev units in December, and that the glasses/goggles have a few camera along the top of it. source: The Tube of You

  • Ted Joseph

    Another 90 deg FOV mess… Please APPLE.. If it is going to take your hardware expertise to bring us a 180 FOV VR headset, please do SO! 🙂

    • Reels Rihard

      What makes you think they’re capable? One of the most overrated tech companies in history.

      • daveinpublic

        Most people who use Windows and complain about Macs, have never used a Mac. Most people who choose to use a Mac, have in fact used Windows. People who use Apple products know why there’s hype. I hated Apple till I went to college and was forced to use their computers.

        • Justos

          very true. Macs are great machines, just not for gaming.

        • Reels Rihard

          Wrong, most people, who used Macs and PCs never used an Amiga 1985-1989. Look into the Amiga 1985 because this is where all the multimedia stuff started for the consumer. Also look into the shennanigins of Microsoft starting early 80s. Both companies are overrated and don’t have any more capability than other tech companies within their respected fields.

        • Flikr

          I’ve had to use MacOS on a few machines for the last 6 years and genuinely don’t see the appeal. It’s even more closed down than Windows somehow, and the hardware is identical to a Windows machine that generally costs $1000 less. The only thing I could think of as being better is that it came with garageband, which isn’t a huge upside, and wasn’t as battery-intensive, which didn’t make a lot of difference when it was a desktop system.

          • daveinpublic

            Well, I didn’t say Flikr hasn’t used MacOS, I said most Windows users haven’t used MacOS. I’ve used both, and continue to use both. My work forced me to use Windows for my entire workflow, while at home I used Mac. Having used both extensively, and daily, I found Mac to be very enjoyable in comparison. It’s not one vs the other, it’s letting people know that they are invited to try it, and it’s a great system.

    • TyrelUK

      They lost their innovation with Steve Jobs

    • Apple is in no way interested in investing money in anything that is not their old product line and will ensure that their loyal customers will buy it immediately. Apple has not taken any major risk with new product launch since Steve job left.

      • VR Geek

        Apple has invested Billions in AR R&D most of which we heard was out of their Israel office. Apple, like all over tech giants know AR/VR/MR is the future.

        • Jim Cherry

          apple has alot of money they invest billions in automated cars, apple tv, and apple watch doesnt mean any of that is the future.