Magic Leap grants healthcare startups access to its new AR headset ahead of mid-2022 launch

Deepak Gupta January 13, 2022
Updated 2022/01/13 at 12:46 AM

Ahead of a planned corporate launch later this year, Magic Leap provided a group of healthcare companies early access to your second-generation augmented reality headset. One of the companies feel, offers software that allows doctors to see a 3D model of a patient’s heart while operating on it. Another company, Brainlab, wants to make its Mixed Reality Viewer software available on Magic Leap 2.

That Magic Leap is making its latest wearable available to digital health startups first is not surprising; CEO Peggy Johnson said this would happen last April. “Augmented reality could transform healthcare more than any other industry, at least in the short term,” she said at the time, also noting that the company would focus on enterprise customers at launch.

Magic Leap has struggled since its emergence as one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups. In 2019, the company was discovered to have only sold 6,000 units of its $2,300 Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset in the first six months the device was available. He later spent months laying off employees before a $350 million investment gave him a new lease of life.

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