News: FramesDirect Finally Delivers Prescription Lens Inserts for Magic Leap One Users

FramesDirect Finally Delivers Prescription Lens Inserts for Magic Leap One Users

In the last few weeks, the Magic Leap ecosystem has ramped up activity with a number of new releases debuting just before the close of the year.

Now, yet another piece of the Magic Leap picture has come into focus in the form of prescription lens inserts.

Teased earlier this year at the L.E.A.P. conference, the inserts are from FramesDirect and are officially named the InSpatialRx Prescription Insert.

In order to snag a pair, buyers will need a valid prescription from their doctor, as well as a pupillary distance measurement. The inserts are only available for single vision lenses and support SPH -7.5 to 0 and CYL -4 to 0 (total power, SPH + CYL, -7.5 to 0).

Although many eyeglass wearers manage to use VR headsets while keeping their glasses on, the unique design of the Magic Leap One makes wearing glasses while using the device particularly difficult. Therefore, this is a pretty big deal for the many developers and Magic Leap fans who have been looking to use the Magic Leap One but couldn't enjoy the full experience.

Some users have even gone to extreme measures (see photo below) to outfit their Magic Leap One devices with prescription lenses to get a taste of some of the amazing apps available on the device.

Image by Adario Strange/Twitter

Thankfully, those days are over, and now the millions of users who require corrective lenses can join in the AR fun on Magic Leap.

However, the best news for eyeglass wearers is that adding the magnetically attached accessory won't be prohibitively expensive, as FramesDirect is selling them for just $249. The inserts are available today directly from the FramesDirect website.

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AT&T and others who will showcase the Magic Leap live to unknown groups of people will need to figure out a workaround for public demos. Will Magic Leap offer a set of example prescription frames that approximate the experience for a large group of people, even if it can't be dialed in perfectly? Even if they could just read text it would go a long way.

What features of the device require prescriptions when other headsets (like the Hololens) don't? Just the eye tracking? The two planes of focus?

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