Magic Leap is gearing up to release the Magic Leap One mixed reality lightfield headset, and the company is now opening the doors for interested developers to get their feet wet and start creating experiences for the upcoming immersive platform.
Developers can find out more about creating for the Magic Leap One through the platform's creator portal or can jump right the thick of it by picking up the custom toolset from the Unreal Engine tab of the Epic Games launcher. "These tools and resources will be the first opportunity for creators to dive into the world of spatial computing and explore the building blocks of this next generation of human-computer interaction on Magic Leap", said a Magic Leap spokesperson. They've created a headset that looks like a pair of bug-eyed goggles to allow their platform to blast off into space. Much like the software, the hardware is "continually advancing and may be different at time of shipment".
Rio Caraeff, Chief Content Officer at Magic Leap commented on the news by saying: "Unreal has always been the go-to development engine for some of the top game studios in the world". The key difference when compared to HoloLens headset is that Magic Leap's headset doesn't pack the computing power it needs in itself.
The Magic Leap Creator portal is open as of this week - and it's ready to roll with a snappy set of tools, too.
But you'll probably need some technical know-how. Magic Leap said that company signups are coming soon, but it did not indicate when that would be. Our current time frame for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition is still sometime in 2018.
The Lumin SDK is available to download from the Magic leap Creator Portal and Unreal Engine 4 is available to download from Epic Games.