Magic Leap is soon to launch its first AR headset, the Magic Leap One. We don’t know exactly when or how much, but following the company’s confirmation that the headset is due to launch this Summer, the product has hit the FCC for certification.

While we already saw the Magic Leap controller pop up at the FCC last month, the ‘Lightware’ headset and ‘Lightpack’ compute module have now followed suit.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is tasked with certifying products with electromagnetic emissions to be safe and compatible with regulations. Products utilizing radio, WiFi, infrared, etc. need certification before they can be distributed for sale. Certification by the FCC marks one step closer to the launch of consumer electronics product.

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Aside from the publicly available documentation, Magic Leap, like many companies, has submitted a Confidentiality Request to keep the following FCC documents out of the public eye:

  • Internal device photos
  • Test setup photos
  • User manual

Earlier this week Magic Leap showed off the first public developer demo recorded on the Magic Leap One headset, and also confirmed that the Lightpack contains NVIDIA TX2 hardware.

The company further affirmed that the headset is due to launch this Summer, and announced a partnership with AT&T making the carrier and exclusive US wireless distributor of forthcoming Magic Leap products. Precise details on availability and specs haven’t been confirmed, though previously the company’s CEO said the Magic Leap One—which is being positioned as a developer device—would be priced ‘like a premium computer’.

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  • Sandy Wich

    I kind of feel fortunate as I’ve spent all my time interested in VR not AR so all this AR news is catching me off guard. Idk how good early AR will end up being, but it’s kind of exciting even for a VR fan like me. >:D

    Come ooooon interactive holographic waifus.

    • dk

      it’s slightly better than the 2 years old hololens and it will be a similar price …and the next hololens is coming in q1 2019

      • JJ

        Honestly I work with the hololens and from what they’ve shown The hololens is way better. Just being in a familiar environment of windows as well helps a lot of compatibility.

        • dk

          yep the ml platform will be a huge disadvantage ….MS want to be the os of all hmds …..ML should have been part of that and they can have a store for their stuff ….making a separate platform is pretty limiting/annoying/time consuming
          but if ml1 does work as intended it will be slightly better hardware…..but the next hololens is coming around q1 2019

    • Bibelo

      I’m a huge fan of VR, but I can only welcome AR, since it is complementary.

      • Sandy Wich

        It’s complementary? How so?

        • Bibelo

          VR isolates you.completely, when AR allows you to interact with the reak world. I don’t think AR and VR overlap so much, so at dole point I might have both at the same time.

  • jeff courtney

    I like vr most out of gaming and managed to get my favorite game to work in vr though it’s not native to vr…gta 5.With grand theft vr app free and vorpx which is 40 bucks.This ar stuff has me interested but not enough to purchase the already available lenovo star wars at bestbuy.If that was compatible with other apps besides star wars,yes.Praise Jesus !

  • Rock throwing guy is coming before the end of this summer

  • Muzufuzo

    this device is soo bulky! like early mobile phones or early laptops

    • Nate Vander Plas

      Do you mean the computer part or the headset? If you mean the computer, then how is it bulky considering it basically IS a high-powered laptop, except WAY smaller than a current laptop? And if you mean the headset, then have you seen the Hololens? Or any other “comparable” AR glasses? You compare it to early phones or laptops. Guess what? It’s a FIRST generation AR headset! I’m not a ML fanboy, but it’s clear you’re just a troll when you bash it for reasons that don’t even make sense.

      • Muzufuzo

        I’m not bashing it. I’m only stating the obvious. Of course it’s gonna be bulky as it’s only the first generation of hardware. I had my own experience with the HoloLens and they are also bulky but less so as there is no external computer. My main concern was the very limited field of view. Magic Leap is supposed to offer larger.