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Magic Leap Patent May Reveal Its Upcoming AR Headset

Image: USPTO
Image: USPTO

Magic Leap—valued at more than $4.5 billion—is one of the most secretive (and exciting) technology companies in the world. Despite its fruitful fundraising campaigns, the company has never released a commercial product and very few people have ever tried its state-of-the-art augmented reality headset.

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Now, a new patent may finally give us some insight into what we can expect from the mysterious company.

Today, a design patent awarded to Magic Leap appears to reveal what the company’s head-mounted display may look like. In sketches from the filing, the device looks a lot like a bike helmet for your face. Since this is a design patent, there is (unfortunately) very little information about how the headset will work.

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Image: USPTO
Image: USPTO

It’s important to remember that these patents be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism. This isn’t even the first time a Magic Leap headset patent has been discovered. Back in January 2015, Gizmodo reported on a suite of wearables outline in a Magic Leap patent that included what appeared to be an augmented reality heads-up display. Whether either of these patents will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but in the meantime, one thing’s for sure: We are all frothing over Magic Leap’s tech and the dream of trying it out.

[USPTO via Quartz]

Technology editor at Gizmodo.

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Looks like it too has a very narrow field of view then. Not overly surprising, but if/when this finally becomes a thing, it will likely end up in the same ballpark as the Hololens.

Not sure why they didn’t file an image of a human wearing it though. That seems like the natural thing to do when making something that goes one a person’s face.