We’ve seen Magic Leap’s device of the future, and it looks like Merlin’s skull cap

A patent filing has revealed a design for the much-vaunted Magic Leap augmented reality headset, but its hard to imagine looking cool while wearing it

We've seen Magic Leap's device of the future, and it looks like Merlin's skull cap

Depending on the reality you seek, the latest virtual reality news is either really nifty or really dorky.

The much-hyped startup Magic Leap backed by Google, Warner Brothers, JPMorgan Chase and others recently won a patent for the design of an augmented reality headset. The device, according to a report in Wired, would let users superimpose calendars, kids pictures or jellyfish over day-to-day life. So-called mixed reality or augmented reality is seen by many as consumer technologys next big wave.

Magic Leaps design patent, which was granted on Tuesday, could offer the first look at what some say may be the most revolutionary tech gadget in years. It could also illustrate a stubborn problem thats been holding augmented reality back.

Its hard to imagine looking cool while wearing the devices.

We've seen Magic Leap's device of the future, and it looks like Merlin's skull cap
Magic Leaps headset design has just been patent approved. Photograph: Magic Leap US patent filing

The headset features a quarter-dome piece of clear material that would sit in front of and above users heads. Its not discreet.

Unlike standard virtual reality headsets, Magic Leaps device would let users see the rest of the world around them while superimposing virtual content in all directions. It has more in common with Googles ill-fated Glass, which offers basic web search information and map directions through an augmented reality if far less graphically impressive than Magic Leap.

In a promotional video released by Magic Leap in April , a man looks around his desk at a three-dimensional rendering of daughters school project and shoes he might like to buy. He then tilts his head up and notices jellyfish are floating majestically above his desk.

In the future, augmented reality companies see the technology being used to place people inside films or meet a friend for coffee at their kitchen table, even if the friend is on another continent.

It couldnt be confirmed if the design published Tuesday is the final design for Magic Leaps first product. Despite raising a lot of money from marquee investors, the company hasnt set a release date and has said almost nothing about the product outside of one major interview with Wired in April.

Not everyone who has seen the design which has echoes of Merlin in the 1981 film Excalibur is a fan.

We've seen Magic Leap's device of the future, and it looks like Merlin's skull cap  ( (@jacobkleinman) June 7, 2016

There’s no way magic leap’s final product looks like this but if it does then its pretty much DOA pic.twitter.com/JfxyNLM6sq

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/07/magic-leap-headset-design-patent-virtual-reality