Magic Leap CEO defends claims that his company is overhyping its flagship VR headset

Magic Leap CEO defends claims that his company is overhyping its flagship VR headset

Magic Leap CEO defends claims that his company is overhyping its flagship VR headset

On Thursday, Rony Abovitz - the CEO of the secretive virtual reality (VR) startup Magic Leap - said in a Twitter post that Magic Leap's flagship VR headset is not being over-hyped by the company.

Though Abovitz, a biomedical engineer, has hinted in a series of tweets that some issues have been experienced by Magic Leap with the early prototypes of its VR headset, he has rebuffed The Information's recent report that the capabilities of the headset - identical to everyday sunglasses - have apparently been "oversold" by the company.

The Information had said in its report that the product demo posted by Magic Leap in 2015, to showcase its allegedly revolutionary augmented reality (AR) technology, was misleading. The report also claimed that Magic Leap's AR technology currently is years away from completion; and added that the headset, in its present state, is markedly inferior to Microsoft's HoloLens headset.

In an evident response to The Information report, Abovitz said in a Twitter post that limited test runs of Magic Leap's first VR system are presently underway at the company's factory.

Describing the Magic Leap VR headset as a "small, sleek, cool" device, Abovitz said: "For our launch: everyone - skeptics and friends alike - will be able to try Magic Leap for themselves."