I got a “pingback” that another site was linking to my blog article “Magic Leap Fiber Scanning Display (FSD) – “The Big Con” at the “Core.” It turned out that the article, “Magic Leap is a Tragic Heap” was a blog article by Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus.
Palmer’s article is a great quick read and makes some great points very succinctly. In particular, he makes a great summary near the end of his article quoted below”
“It is slightly better than Hololens in some ways, slightly worse in others, and generally a small step past what was state of the art three years ago – this is more Hololens 1.1 than Consumer AR 1.0. Consumer AR can’t happen without advancement, and it seems those advancements will be coming from other companies. There is, of course, a chance that Magic Leap is sandbagging us; maybe the real deal is just behind the next curtain! Past experience suggests otherwise…“
Another quote I love from his article is something I have been writing about for over a year (with my bold emphasis added):
“The ML1 is a not a “lightfield projector” or display by any broadly accepted definition, and as a Bi-Focal Display, only solves vergence-accommodation conflict in contrived demos that put all UI and environmental elements at one of two focus planes. Mismatch occurs at all other depths. In much the same way, a broken clock displays the correct time twice a day.“
Even they had six focus planes as Magic Leap was originally hoping to do ti would not work as I wrote about in Magic Leap House of Cards – FSD, Waveguides, and Focus Planes. Having just two planes is little more than a marketing gimmick. Also, the reports of Magic Leap’s vergence-accommodation must be working because they don’t notice it, are likely just the placebo effect. Those that better understand what they are doing have noticed a color shift and jump in the in the focus when the ML1 “hops” from far to near mode. Likely the people that didn’t notice the shift were always in “far mode,” essentially the same as using a Hololens with a single set of waveguides.
It also turns out that Palmer Luckey and I indirectly cooperated in helping iFixit with their teardown of the Magic Leap One. Unbeknownst to me but pointed out in Palmer’s article, Palmer was the “donor” of the Magic Leap One used in the teardown. I was just told at the time I was helping that “someone” had loaned them one to teardown. After reading Palmer’s blog, I then realized that we were both credited at the end of the article as helping iFixit.