It's not the most common situation for a founder to write a review throwing away a competitor's new product, but Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey was never the most conventional entrepreneur.
Yesterday, Luckey published a review of Magic Leaps developer kit on his personal blog titled "Magic Leap is a tragic bunch," offering some compliments but the majority of his words are the flaws highlighting the new device, reminding everyone of all the shit that Magic Leap managers were talking about existing AR-Tech and how they were still running a device that he thought made only minor improvements over the three-year HoloLens.
There are a number of excavations that he makes in his report. Perhaps most sensitively, he takes the tracking technologies for the headset and controller, areas where they are actually back in user experience. The Magic Leap One controller uses magnetic tracking, a system that is quite different and usually more complex than the optical tracking systems used by nearly all VR companies, including Oculus. Once you've read the paragraph scrapping the lack of a clickable trackpad, it's clear that this is probably more than a little personal to Luckey.
At this point, Luckey has gone further his VR days in the professional sense (for the most part). His new company, Anduril Industries, focuses on the creation of border security technologies. Nevertheless, he has remained a very vocal personality in the VR field and has the reputation of a hardcore hobbyist.
A lot of this beef seems easy to identify. Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz has spent the last few years collecting a lot of money while developing technology in secret and throwing away existing technology in public. In Luckey's view, this was not good for R & D investment, where investors had unrealistic expectations that would reduce interest in other existing companies that took a more conservative approach. 19659009] The most brutal settings are reserved for the display technology of the ML1, which, according to Luckey, is indistinguishable from other companies. While the Magic Leap team invented a terminology to describe what they built, Luckey points out that they did not resolve what they claimed:
They call it the "Lightwear." This is the part that has received the most hype over the years, with endless talk of "photonic lightfield chips," "fiber-scanning laser displays," "projecting a digital light field into the user's eye" and the Holy Grail. Promises from solve the conflict between waste and submission a topic that has plagued HMDs for decades – in other words, that the focus of your eyes always fits their convergence, something that Magic Leap criticizes as "permanently neurological" It is even more important for AR than for VR, since one must mix digital elements with real elements that are always correct.
TL; DR : The supposed "photonic light field chips" are just Waveguides paired with reflective LCOS displays with sequential color and LED lighting, the same technology that everyone else has been using for years, including Microsoft in their HoloLens of the last generation n. The ML1 is not a "light field projector" or display with a generally accepted definition, and as a bi-focal display, solves only vergence accommodation conflicts in fictional demos that place all UI and environmental elements on one of two focal planes. In all other depths a deviation occurs. Similarly, a broken clock displays the right time twice a day.
He also assumes the small field of view of the headphone, something that honestly feels a bit like a cheap shot when compared to other AR headsets that use much simpler optical systems. Magic Leap's display has a viewing area that is estimated to be 40 percent larger than the HoloLens, but is still a small box in someone's perspective.
If You Found This To Be Just a Hard Look at a Large Product Intentionally, it is clear when Luckey tries to estimate the sale of the device by looking at the company's order numbering system:
The Magic Leap Ordering System was really easy to find in the first few days after the start. I've collected some order numbers from friends and compared their order times, and I'm pretty confident I can predict sales in the first week. Unfortunately, shortly after I tweeted about it they changed the system. Based on what I know, it seems they sold about 2,000 units in the first week, with the first 48 hours being very strong. If I had to guess, at this point I would achieve total sales well below 3,000 units. This is unfortunate for obvious reasons – I know about a hundred people with an ML1, and almost none of them is an AR developer. Most are tech managers, influencers or early adopters who work in the industry but have no plans to create AR apps. This was a big problem in the early VR industry, and that was with tens of thousands of developers taking hundreds of thousands of development kits sold! Multiplying the problem by a few orders of magnitude will be difficult for ML.
Luckey does not seem to post any follow-up on this device; He gave his personal device to demolish iFixit after playing around with it for the review.
Following the post, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz acted in a typically eccentric manner, [Luckey compares] to a character from Avatar: The Last Airbender with other weird tweets