A sneak peek into Magic leap 2 controller ahead of Release.

by Boaz Feldman

Precious little was known about it, not even a vague release date. Silence all around. Hush was the word despite the impatience of gamers and other VR enthusiasts everywhere.

Leaked! Or was It?

In a Twitter post, Peter Diamandis, Founder and Executive Chairman for XPRIZE (Sidebar: XPRIZE is a non-profit organization that designs and hosts public competitions intended to encourage technological development to benefit humanity), photographed himself wearing the presently unreleased Magic Leap 2 mixed reality (MR) headset.

In the post, Diamandis clasps a Magic Leap 2 controller, revealing two forward-facing cameras on the controllers used for inside-out tracking.Why is this special? Why is there so much hype? This is because normally, the cameras are on the headset itself or external base stations. This, however, presents a flaw. If the controllers move out of range of the headsets or any part of your body gets in the way, tracking will be temporarily suspended.

External base stations help alleviate this problem but seriously hampers portability, and the path from the controllers to the station can still be occluded. But cameras onboard the controllers can solve these problems.


Simultaneous Location and Mapping, abbreviated to SLAM. Controllers with onboard cameras can solve the problem of occlusion while maintaining their high precision using this type of algorithm. The controllers possess a chip powerful enough to run the algorithm successfully.

A Leap of Faith

The AR company Magic Leap was near death a few years ago has now turned a corner with a rebirth. Now, they are about to release their Magic Leap 2, which is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than the first. It’s a considerable adversary to the major dominant device in the space, Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.At the SPIE Photonics West 2022 conference on optics and photonics research in January, Kevin Curtis, VP of Optical Engineering, Magic Leap, released some major details about the Magic Leap 2.

According to reports, the headset contains 18 built-in cameras and sensors to enable real-world tracking and, at the same time, assist with controller tracking. The Magic Leap 2 will also possess Dynamic Dimming, a new feature allowing users to display mixed reality overlays in a dark room or outdoor environment without visual errors.It is expected that the Magic Leap 2 will be released sometime in 2022, although no specific date has been given yet.