Augmented Reality 101: What is AR and How Does it Work?

Augmented reality (AR) captured the public imagination for years. Now that it’s real, many wonder how it works, how it fits into our lives, and what makes it valuable.

Augmented Reality 101: An Overview of AR for Business Leaders

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Magic Leap 2 Receives 60601 Certification For Use In The Operating Room

Magic Leap CEO announced last night during the AMD keynote at CES that Magic Leap 2 is the first ever AR device to earn an IEC 60601 certification.

What’s Next for Magic Leap

I look back on 2022 with a level of amazement at what we’ve accomplished at Magic Leap. Our team dedicated countless hours to bringing the market's most advanced augmented reality technology to our customers, which culminated in the launch of Magic Leap 2.

Surgeon wearing a Magic Leap 2 in the operating room.

Explore the Developer Portal

All the resources and tools to learn, build, and publish solutions for Magic Leap 2. Magic Leap Developer portal has quick, easy access to SDKs, API documentation, step-by-step project guides, code samples, cutting-edge experiments, and our developer community forum.

Developed for developers

Instant iteration. No builds required.

Magic Leap App Simulator system allows development without a device. Edit and test code as it runs without deploying new versions. App development occurs in real-time and iteration is immediate.

Build with your preferred engine

Magic Leap 2 provides your choice of engines. This includes support for C API, Unity, and third-party engines via OpenXR (coming Q4 2022).

Build without limitations on an open platform

Unlike other augmented reality platforms, Magic Leap doesn't limit your development with a restrictive platform. Develop on Android™ AOSP OS interface standard. Magic Leap supports leading open software standards—including OpenGL and Vulkan—with OpenXR and WebXR (coming Q4 2022).

Seamlessly port and distribute your solutions

Port multi-platform AR Applications

Quickly port Hololens and Mobile AR apps with standard Android APIs, pure Android support within Unity, and robust MRTK support. With Android™ AOSP, it's easy to support any Bluetooth or tethered hardware accessories your solution might require.

Seamless distribution

The openness of Magic Leap 2 includes application distribution and installation. You're free to sell your solutions directly to your customers through your own web store and channel partners—no app store submissions or approval processes. Users install your apps directly or through the MDM system of their choice.

Begin building today

Magic Leap App Simulator

Use the Magic Leap App Simulator to start developing for Magic Leap 2—even without a device. Port an existing app or build something entirely new.

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Magic Leap 2 developer hardware bundles

Developer hardware bundles include all the accessories and software services you’ll need to start building your AR applications. Order through one of our partners to get started now.

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All the resources and tools to learn, build, and publish solutions for Magic Leap devices.