Magic Leap's Mixed Reality

November 20, 2017 | State of the Market Report

Magic Leap is a mixed reality company currently valued at $6 billion that has raised $1.5 billion in funding with no product to show. Rumors of wondrous technical feats followed by massive rounds of funding, most notably from Google, which invested $500 million in 2011, propelled Magic Leap from an innovative startup to the world’s most intriguing mixed reality company. Since then, the shiny veneer of this unicorn has started to crack, and its technology claims appear to be highly exaggerated. In this report, we examine the company’s history and patent portfolio to understand Magic Leap’s mix of hype and reality.

Coverage Areas

  • Digital Transformation
  • Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    After $1.5 billion in funding, Magic Leap grew from a one-person to 800-person company promising to change the world of computing, but there is cause to doubt its ability to deliver
  • Analysis
    Magic Leap invested its venture funding heavily into its patent portfolio, with a focus on display’s response to users.
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Tracy Woo


Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.
Kevin See, Ph.D.