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Magic Leap sees a big future for augmented reality (AR) in workplaces. With this new headset, which can overlay 3D images and text on a user’s surroundings, the company is focused on the needs of employers in healthcare, manufacturing, retail and other sectors. Home improvement giant Lowe’s has begun outfitting workers with Magic Leap 2 so they can see what a store shelf should look like, and then tweak displays. Manufacturers are using it to speed up training of technicians on factory floors. Fifty percent smaller than its predecessor, the headset offers the biggest field of view of any AR device yet. New “dynamic dimming” technology creates an immersive work environment by blocking distracting light. That could help a surgeon focus during a long procedure—Magic Leap’s open developer platform lets customers create custom AR solutions to suit their needs.

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