Shared first photo of Magic Leap 2 AR headset with wider field of view

Augmented reality glasses Magic Leap 2 get a larger field of view than its predecessor, look different and are smaller. CEO Peggy Johnson made this known in a blog post she wrote on the Magic Leap site. The glasses should be on the market in 2022.

Magic Leap has lifted a corner of the veil about the upcoming Magic Leap 2 augmented reality glasses. That’s what CEO Peggy Johnson did in an op-ed on the Magic Leap website, in which she looks back on her first year as president of the company. Above the article is a previously unseen photo of the glasses. This has a different appearance than the first generation Magic Leap and looks more like regular glasses. The different cameras on the front of the glasses have been moved and the glasses are less bulky, with less thick legs. Johnson previously said that the glasses are twenty percent lighter than their predecessor. He would weigh about 280 grams.

In the opinion article, Johnson writes about the wider field of view of the Magic Leap 2 compared to the previous generation. Unlike the previous generation’s 16:10 field of view, the Magic Leap 2 has approximately a 3:4 field of view, judging by the image accompanying the article. Magic Leap 2 also promises better dimmability, making the glasses more suitable for use in bright environments.

The company recently raised an additional $500 million in an investment round and is now estimated to be worth $2 billion, according to Johnson. The headset is expected to hit the market in early 2022. In an interview with Protocol from April this year, Johnson already mentioned this and said that the glasses should be available to early adopters by the end of 2021.

The AR headset is not aimed at consumers, but at business applications, such as in healthcare. Johnson tells in the op-ed that there are collaborations with Ericsson for use in factories, with Heru to develop an AR application for ophthalmologists, including for use in eye exams, and with Farmers Insurance to train insurance agents. Magic Leap also works with Google Cloud, PTC, Nvidia and VMWare to develop software and tools for the headset.