Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality headset is ready for a reality check

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The headset itself has been designed with ergonomics in mind, featuring a streamlined design with small sensor cameras all around the base of the device that helps track users in 3D space along with two large lenses that require additional prescription lenses for users that use glasses. That said, Magic Leap has plenty of capital behind it, and in July AT&T signed up to be the exclusive retailer of the headset.

There's also a lot of advanced technology in the system: It runs off a Nvidia Parker processor, which includes 6 ARM cores.

As for software, the Magic One also comes with a gallery of AR experiences and apps created to jumpstart its ecosystem.

Project Create provides a virtual sandbox in a user's living room (or anywhere else) for drawing, painting and building stories.

Magic Leap's long-awaited smartglasses are finally available to order in the United States.

Magic Leap has also drawn attention recently from reports that the Field-of-View (FoV) for the device is a relatively unimpressive 40 degrees vertical by 30 degrees horizontal, with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The system comes with three pieces: a headset called Lightwear; a small wearable computer called the Lightpack with an integrated CPU and GPU to render the headset's graphics; and a handheld controller that looks similar to that of an HTC Vive or other VR headset controller. Magic Leap and Weta Workshop have also jointly built Dr. Grordbort's Invaders that will bring a hyper-realistic action gaming experience to the Magic Leap One in the coming future.

Augmented reality start-up Magic Leap has kicked off sales of its futuristic One headset after years of crowdfunding.

Although many AR headsets take the form of a developer-only kit when they launch, Magic Leap chief Rony Abovitz told The Verge that the One headset is a "full-blown, working consumer-grade product".

After many years of hype around a product that was unseen, Magic Leap opened the curtain to unveil the Magic Leap One last month. You can pick one up now for $2,295 if you're so inclined, and it's available only in a few major cities right now, but you might want to hold off.

As for everyone else, Magic Leap One is shipping today. Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from a selection of more than 10 million items across home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more.