Magic Leap, the secretive augmented reality startup backed by Google is planning to show its working prototype in an important board meeting next week. And now, Business Insider has what is claims is the first public photo of that portable AR device, which was delivered to them by an unnamed source.
This early prototype is described as “PEQ0” and it actually looks a lot like a prototype. The photo shows a person wearing not only a headset but also a backpack covered by exposed circuit board and processor. The device the person is holding with his left hand is apparently the battery pack powering the whole unit.
Fit inside a pocket
Next week, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is to show a planned demo of his “PEQ” in the board meeting. He will use equipment that looks more finished, and instead of a backpack, he will use belt packs.
If this is the current state as shown in the photo, then the prototype is still in a rough shape. However, Magic Leap sees the board meeting as a milestone in the product’s development. And a chance to prove that it can shrink the prototype to fit inside a pocket. That is what the company will release in the market.