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Magic Leap VR headset design spotted in patent filing

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Julian Dunkelberger
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Unlike most of the VR and AR headsets we've seen, the filing posted on the US Patent and Trademark Office shows a device that looks more like a helmet than a pair of goggles.

The patent was filed with the USPTO on May 14 2015 and approved yesterday, June 7.

Given Magic Leap's super-secretive nature, it's a particular exciting find for tech enthusiasts: we know the company is busy working on various bits of augmented and virtual reality technology, which we've garnered from various video demoes it's uploaded to YouTube and elsewhere.

Evidence of hardware, however, remains tantalisingly scarce.

At the same time, Andy Fouche, Magic Leap's vice president of public relations, was quick to point out to Mashable that the patent drawings look "not at all what our final product will look like," plunging its VR headset back into mystery.

And, given the enthusiastic backing from the likes of Google, Alibaba and Warner Bros, Magic Leap's clearly doing something we should be keeping an eye out for.

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