Wired UK: Is Palmer Luckey right about Magic Leap being a tragic heap?

Wired UK reporter K.G. Orphanides was doing a follow up to Palmer Luckey’s Magic Leap is a Tragic Heap blog post and contacted me for my opinion. The Wired U.K. article is entitled, “Is Palmer Luckey right about Magic Leap being a tragic heap?” I was quoted several times in the article along with links to this blog along with the iFixit Teardown of Magic Leap to which Palmer Luckey and I independently contributed.

BTW, I have received the Magic Leap One that I ordered. I am in the process of analyzing it. My results article(s) should be fun :-).

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    • Weren’t you in Magic Leap? Any comment on how the project progressed through to product, at least for the time you were there?

      • I just read Rainbow’s End and chatted to Scott Hassan a bit and am the excitable, Techno Utopian type… the adjacent possible is always possible in this crazy mixed up multiverse. Rony is good guy. Like Karl all I know is that fibres scanning and moving at the speed of sound are hard. I think only convincing way to fool the is to ‘go in’ – not bother with flesh orbs.

      • No, I was never at Magic Leap. Primarily I have reversed engineered what Magic Leap is doing from their published Patents and what I could glean out of public material.

  1. “I am in the process of analyzing it. My results article(s) should be fun :-)”

    We wait with bated breath for unpopular truths to have their outing.

  2. Looking forward to your detailed analysis of the device. Would also love to see you add your thoughts on the future of AR – can any near-future tech ever meet the level of expectation Magic Leap set.

    • AR is a very tough problem when you try and solve for all the issues. You are fighting the physics of light as the structures approach the wavelengths of light. You can’t combine light without negatively affecting the real world.

      I’m 100% convinced that diffractive waveguides like Magic Leap and Hololens are using are a dead end. You simply can’t get much resolution through the diffraction gratings, particularly in color, and they very negatively affect the real world light passing it through the exit grating.

      A major reason I signed on with RAVN is that I think we can solve the problem we are setting out to solve.

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