Magic Leap Quick Hits: Field of view is 45% bigger than Hololens

We have gone from a dearth of information to a glut of it. The new magic leap documentation has revealed pretty much everything there is to know about Magic Leap and it is too much for this poor blog to keep up with. I’m going to be writing some quick hits. Small stories that pin point particularly interesting features that can be found in the Magic Leap documentation.

Hiding in (almost) plain sight, reality news discovered that information about the Magic Leap FOV is in the developer docs as commented out sections of the source code. It lists the FOV as approximately 45% larger than the FOV of the Hololens.

We have gone from a dearth of information to a glut of it. The new magic leap documentation has revealed pretty much everything there is to know about Magic Leap and it is too much for this poor blog to keep up with. I’m going to be writing some quick hits. Small stories that pin point particularly interesting features that can be found in the Magic Leap documentation.

Hiding in (almost) plain sight, Next Reality discovered that information about the Magic Leap FOV is in the developer docs as commented out sections of the source code. It lists the FOV as approximately 45% larger than the FOV of the Hololens. Thanks to reddit Ph0t0nFr3ak and Doc _Ok for creating an approximate image to get an idea of what this increase will mean. 

Give this increase in addition to the Magic Leap One constraining the view of the real world and other tricks Magic Leap lays out in the developer documentation, I suspect the FOV is going to be a significantly smaller issue than it is on the Hololens. 

That said there is a ways to go before we have a perfect FOV. It will be interesting to see the technology progress and FOV increase in future iterations. 

Magic Leap Quick Hits: Magic Leap will run at 60 fps

We have gone from a dearth of information to a glut of it. The new magic leap documentation has revealed pretty much everything there is to know about Magic Leap and it is too much for this poor blog to keep up with. I’m going to be writing some quick hits. Small stories that pin point particularly interesting features that can be found in the Magic Leap documentation.

As part of the developer guidelines, Magic Leap is enforcing a frame rate of 60fps.

We have gone from a dearth of information to a glut of it. The new magic leap documentation has revealed pretty much everything there is to know about Magic Leap and it is too much for this poor blog to keep up with. I’m going to be writing some quick hits. Small stories that pin point particularly interesting features that can be found in the Magic Leap documentation.

As part of the developer guidelines, Magic Leap is enforcing a frame rate of 60fps. We don’t know how strict Magic Leap will be with this rule but it is a good sign that most applications and games will target this frame rate.


The acceptable consistent framerate is 60 Frames Per Second (FPS). Apps must not have fluctuations in framerate which drop below this acceptable limit.


Magic Leap Quick Hits: There will be only one App Store

We have gone from a dearth of information to a glut of it. The new magic leap documentation has revealed pretty much everything there is to know about Magic Leap and it is too much for this poor blog to keep up with. I’m going to be writing some quick hits. Small stories that pin point particularly interesting features that can be found in the Magic Leap documentation.

Those hoping for a more permissive application ecosystem on Magic Leap devices have been let down. According to the docs no third party app stores will be allowed.

We have gone from a dearth of information to a glut of it. The new magic leap documentation has revealed pretty much everything there is to know about Magic Leap and it is too much for this poor blog to keep up with. I’m going to be writing some quick hits. Small stories that pin point particularly interesting features that can be found in the Magic Leap documentation.

Those hoping for a more permissive application ecosystem on Magic Leap devices have been let down. According to the docs (login required):


Apps that provide an alternate “app store” or “app ecosystem” will not be permitted for inclusion in Magic Leap World.


This doesn’t take side loading apps off the table but it means Magic Leap will have strong control over what goes on the device. This isn’t great news but for a nascent  platform it isn’t a terrible thing. If they gain popularity let’s hope they open things up a bit more and allow people to truely own their device. 

You need to stop comparing the Magic Leap One to concept videos from over 3 years ago

Magic Leap is wildly ambitions and secretive. This is incredibly annoying. Their vision is grand but they won’t tell us what they are actually doing. This engenders a feeling of negativity. It makes us feel like they are in a secret club and they won’t invite us in. It makes us feel like they think they are better than us. That they have a secret Magic power and we can’t have it. It brings out our feelings of entitlement. It stretches our patients to a breaking point. It makes us want them to fail. It makes us look at that vision and say “No, you can’t do that”. 

I get it. I get that feeling. I feel it too.

But it is fundamentally a negative emotion that you should try to overcome.

Magic Leap is wildly ambitions and secretive. This is incredibly annoying. Their vision is grand but they won’t tell us what they are actually doing. This engenders a feeling of negativity. It makes us feel like they are in a secret club and they won’t invite us in. It makes us feel like they think they are better than us. That they have a secret Magic power and we can’t have it. It brings out our feelings of entitlement. It stretches our patience to a breaking point. It makes us want them to fail. It makes us look at that vision and say “No, you can’t do that”. 

I get it. I get that feeling. I feel it too.

But it is fundamentally a negative emotion that you should try to overcome. It comes from a feeling of being left out. It comes from impatience. Feelings of jealousy. Feelings of entitlement. And it grows. It evolves from the initial feelings into a solid belief that needs to be fed with more justification. It spirals until nothing that the company does could possibly be good because at this point it would prove that you are wrong and we humans fight this idea of being wrong tooth and nail. We lose sight of where this all began. We lose sight of the scale at which we should react. We lose the fact that the company is just ambitious and secretive and may have bitten off more than they can chew and instead think that they have personally slighted us or attacked us and are therefore irredeemable. 

This isn’t only true for Magic Leap. You see it happening to almost any unproven entity that is trying something ambitious. Oculus got it in the early days. Elon Musk is in the middle of it now. It is very common. 

Magic Leap showed off another developer sample last week. It was a “Hello World/Teapot” style sample that shows off some basic interactions that developers can learn from. As well as releasing the sample, they walked through some video of the sample in action. This video, that is not intended to show off the full power of the device, was a lightning rod for the feelings described above.

This has fed the spiral of negative rationalisation. Folks see it as an indication that they were indeed right to dismiss and insult Magic Leap as a whole for being secretive and, it seems, for releasing concept videos that are over 3 years old and in some whale jumping cases almost 5 years old. This feeling has long memories. 

Companies make concept videos. This is a common practice. There is nothing wrong with that. It shows the vision and ambition of the company. In many cases, it is used for hiring. They can attract the top talent that wants to be working on the problems that need to be solved to hit that vision.

Have a look at the zelda announcement video for example. This video shows a level of graphic fidelity far beyond the product that was released. The video was published years before they had a finished product. It was to show what they wanted to build. Zelda was an unmitigated success. Nintendo was able to build a concept video, not hit the target of the concept video and still be considered one of the best games ever released.

 So, I think if you are sitting behind that keyboard right now and you are mad at this company. You need to let it go. Those concept videos were released over 3 years ago by a start-up that is still trying to find its feet. Perhaps they shouldn’t have published those videos but to continue to indict this company for 3 year old mistakes is unreasonable. They have since released many videos to help properly guide expectations. At some point you have to consider the idea that you are using these concept videos to rationalise the feeling of dismissiveness you have towards Magic Leap and not the other way around. 

Let go of your negative feelings and just embrace the fact this company is try to build something cool. They might fail catastrophically. In fact, that is the most likely outcome. That isn’t an insightful point. It is the obvious point. So be bold and stand up for the underdog.