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Magic Leap grants healthcare startups access to its new AR headset ahead of mid-2022 release

Ahead of a planned corporate outing later this year, Magic Leap provided a group of healthcare companies Early access to its second-generation augmented reality headset. One of the companies, SentiAR, offers software that allows physicians to see a 3D model of a patient’s heart while they are using it. Another company, Brainlab, wants to make its Mixed Reality Viewer software available on Magic Leap 2.

That Magic Leap is making its latest wearable device available to digital health startups first is not surprising; CEO Peggy Johnson said this would happen last April. “Augmented reality can transform healthcare more than any other industry, at least in the short term,” she said at the time, also noting that the company would focus on business customers at launch.

Magic Leap has struggled since emerging as one of Silicon Valley’s most publicized startups. In 2019, it emerged that the company would only have sold 6,000 units of its Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset at $ 2,300 in the first six months of the device’s availability. He then spent months laying off workers before a $ 350 million investment gave him new life.

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