Norwegian-based technology start-up Ludenso (formerly MovieMask) unveiled its augmented reality (AR) package for mobile devices, called MagiMask, and its revolutionary tracking system. MagiMask has been quietly in development for two years and is now available to pre-order for $99 and will ship in Q1 2019.
MagiMask is an affordable, easy-to-use AR head-mounted display that supports AR capable smartphones, from as large as Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Apple’s iPhone Xs Max.
The flexible, soft fabric design of the MagiMask HMD is in part based on the company’s previous product MovieMask. One of MagiMask's core technologies is its single-lens approach, which unlike all other mobile-driven stereoscopic headsets, allows the user to view the full size of the smartphone screen, compensating for both accommodation (normal stereoscopic) and convergence. One screen means that the resolution is not drastically cut as it is in other headsets where the display only utilizes between 15-25% of the pixels. This results in a larger, more crystal clear image with far better resolution.
The optimized tracking system consists of MagiTile, MagiKard, and MagiDice, which provide AR-optimized surface tracking that makes navigation possible (turning, action-triggers, etc). Currently, users can explore, create and learn on MagiMask using apps such as Augment, Kubity, and Sketchfab. Developers wanting to create their own software, games, and applications for MagiMask and its tracking system should contact Ludenso.
MagiMask is available now to pre-order via Kickstarter and will ship in Q1 2019: http://kck.st/2pXYbqR