coded gaskets—great repairability so
far! Also hiding under those panels:
the two upper ends of the device’s
single built-in cable—and a few of
the magnetic bits that help adjust
the fit .
After detaching the headband and
inner faceplate, we have a better
view of the eye-tracking IR emitters .
We note they’re all wired in series,
rather than individually controlled .
And finally, at our fingertips, the
heart of the Magic Leap: the optics
and display assemblies .
Lifting up one of the external
sensor arrays, we find beneath: the
optical system for injecting images
into the waveguides . At the back,
we find the actual display device:
an OmniVision OP02222 field-sequential color (FSC) LCOS device .
It is likely a customized variation of
the OmniVision OP02220 .
A cast magnesium block holds
all the optics and sensors, and is
surprisingly hefty for an HMD . The
VR headsets we’ve taken apart all
used lightweight plastic . But metal
makes a better heat sink, and the
electronics and IR illumination (likely
VCSEL devices) all produce heat .
Metal also offers a stiffer mounting
place to keep the optics stable
and focused after their rigorous
No longer perfectly placed, we may
as well pop the covers off the sensors
for a closer look . These twin sensor
arrays sit at each of your temples,
with the strobing IR depth sensor
perched right in the middle .
A closer look at the nose-bridge
depth sensor gives us the room-
reading hardware in the form of:
• IR sensing camera
• IR dot projector
There’s no need to set up receiver
stations for this device—it does the
projection and reading all on
The Magic Leap One’s mixed- reality tech has been so much pie
in the sky for so long, we can hardly
believe we have it on our teardown
table. Based on the amount of
money raised for this project, we’re
hoping it’s powered by pixie dust—
but only a teardown will tell .
There’s a lot to unravel here .
Let’s start with some specs . . .err,
• Nvidia Tegra X2 (Parker) SoC
with two Denver 2.0 64-bit
cores and four ARM Cortex A57
64-bit cores .
• Integrated Pascal-based GPU
with 256 CUDA cores .
• 8 GB RAM .
• 128 GB onboard storage .
• Bluetooth 4 . 2, WiFi 802 .11ac/b/
g/n, USB-C, 3. 5 mm headphone
That Nvidia SoC is designed for
automotive applications, and is
prominently used in autonomous
vehicles, including Teslas . This seems
like off-label use, until you consider
the Magic Leap’s multiple arrays of
external sensors for mapping and
understanding its environment—
much like a self-driving car.
Inside the headband, we note a
Class 1 Laser label . Twirling away
the standard Torx screws and
removing the panel reveals the first
of two speakers, wired via spring
contacts, and protected by color-
WHAT MAKES IT TICK & TALK?
Magic Leap One Teardown
Breaking it up and breaking it down.