Just a quick, but timely note today. I was asked by iFixit to help them identify the optical components for their Magic Leap One (ML1) teardown published today. The picture above is from iFixit but with my labeling. It turns out the teardown confirms what I wrote my November 20, 2016 article Separating Magic and Reality article.
In the Nov. 2016 article, I wrote that the ML patent application US 2016/0327789 Figure 6 (FIG 6) was the best fit for what Magic Leap was doing. As proven by the iFixit teardown today, this is indeed the case.
KGOnTech cut through the marketing hype of what Magic Leap called “photonic chips” and said they were diffraction waveguides. KGOnTech also correctly discounted the fiber scanning display (FSD) that other websites latched onto in the patents. KGOnTech reported that Magic Leap was likely using an LCOS microdisplay. iFixit was able to identify the LCOS Microdisplay as being made by Omnivision.
The only difference between 2016’s FIG 6 and the actual ML1 that the LCOS device and LEDs swap places in their location on the polarizing beam splitter.
If I have time, I will try and go into more detail in a follow-up article(s). I’m kind of busy with RAVN and some personal matters these days.