Update: In yesterday’s video stream Magic Leap announced a headset will be coming this summer. You can watch the full live stream here. There were no live demos, only recorded ones, and the FOV (Field Of View) of the Magic Leap One, amongst other details, remains a mystery.

The quality of the demo material is… not impressive.

Magic Leap recorded demo
Magic Leap recorded demo, with nice nineties style graphics

Keeping in mind this demo content is meant for creators and developers, we can only hope that the promises of photorealism and total immersion will be kept once the final product hits the market.

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You might note some light sarcasm in the title of this post. And you are right. We have been hearing about Magic Leap and their game-changing technology and have seen very little besides overly produced demo videos that might or might not be real.

Today, AT&T has put out a press release stating they will support the Magic Leap One product once it’s available to the public, and that can still be a while.

Magic Leap is promising a Creators Edition of the Magic Leap One in 2018. Depending on when in 2018 that happens, we could see a consumer version of the One only in 2020 or later.

So Magic Leap is about Augmented Reality or AR. More than that, Magic Leap has promised to deliver the very best AR experience ever, and for that, they have secured over USD 2.3 B in funding. Let that sink in for a while.

While the early “demo’s” seemed very promising, and seemed to offer photorealistic AR, the unveiling of the Magic Leap One headset tempered the enthusiasm slightly. Mainly, because wearing it in public would make you look ridiculous unless you are a character in the Hellboy movies…

Actually, Hellboy fish guy looks pretty cool compared to the dude on the right...
Actually, Hellboy fish guy looks pretty cool compared to the dude on the right…

If Magic Leap doesn’t come up with a device that somehow blends in with the wearer any better than this (and to me the only way to truly achieve that is with lenses), this tech is destined to go the same way as Google Glass: the tech graveyard of good ideas that turned out to be terrible products.

You could argue that this device is not meant to be worn outside of the house, much like the Microsoft HoloLens. But that is not how Magic Leap is presenting it. Why else would they make all the components portable, including the base station that is, in fact, a portable laptop?

Meanwhile, AT&T press release doesn’t exactly avoid hyperboles:

AT&T is excited to pair our pioneering technologies, unmatched network, content platform, and vast customer ecosystem with Magic Leap’s efforts to build the next generation of computing,” said AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan, who has observer rights with Magic Leap’s board. “We’re designing and offering the future of entertainment and connectivity, and this exclusive arrangement – in combination with our 5G leadership position – will open up new opportunities and experiences.

You can read the rest here.

But things might be improving. Today, Magic Leap is promising to dive deeper into the Magic Leap One, and even demo the unit. You can follow the stream right here, or check back tomorrow here @ Techmodeon to find out what happened. If they show something that gets people excited and justify the atrocious hardware you need to wear to make the magic happen, things could improve for the better.