Following the emergence of a recently leaked photo of Magic Leap’s prototype, reports this week have suggested details about Magic Leap’s new Augmented Reality product. According to various articles, such as the one in iTechPost.com, Magic Leap’s Augmented Reality hardware prototype is essentially a backpack. A recently leaked image appears to reveal the interesting bit of hardware that comes with a simple clear casing allowing viewers to see the parts powering the visor attached by a thick cable. In the center, the board features a massive set of heat sinks, sitting on top of the GPU or CPU for the device.
What seems to be a USB port appears on the side of the board. The device is a specially-made desktop PC that resembles recent VR backpack PC’s made by HP, but tightly integrated with Magic Leap’s proprietary software and hardware.
A large battery pack can be seen in the wearer’s left hand. Rumors alleged that the device’s design had changed significantly since this prototype.
If Magic Leap is working on finalizing a consumer design and the hardware is mostly ready, this would corroborate previous reports that the company is preparing to launch the hardware on the market soon. The prototype hardware was referred by the leaker as “PEQ0.” Since the “PEQ” designation is reportedly meaning prototype, the 0 numeration could mean that this prototype is the initial design for prototyping or the very first one produced, which makes sense given the expandable port layout and the clear board.
The first Magic Leap Augmented Reality prototype was the size of a refrigerator. In order to enable images to have more depth and to look more realistic, it used a projector with a motorized lens. The articles states that the company plans to commercially release a final product in the form of spectacles.
Magic Leap has also attracted some negative media attention this week following a lawsuit on workplace sexism filed against the company by a former female executive.