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AT&T said it has struck a deal with Magic Leap to invest in the secretive startup, provide mobile data service and become the “exclusive wireless distributor” of its products.
Right now, Magic Leap has announced a single product, an augmented reality headset with a portable computer pack and controller called Magic Leap One. Magic Leap announced the device last year and said that it would be built for developers, designers and creatives, making it competitive with Microsoft’s HoloLens headset.
The deal with AT&T points to grander ambitions beyond a headset just for designers and developers. AT&T noted that Magic Leap One will be available for consumers to experience at select AT&T stores in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco later this year, with more markets to follow. Magic Leap has yet to formally announce a consumer version of Magic Leap One.
“We’ve joined with AT&T because we believe in a combined vision of expanding high-speed networks, edge computing, and deep integration with creative content,” Rony Abovitz, founder, president and CEO of Magic Leap said in a statement. “Coupling the strength of the evolving AT&T network with Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform can transform computing experiences for people.”
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