“There are a bunch of great people at great companies working on AR,” Evans tweeted. “No one is shipping a final product yet.”
That’s likely a reference to Magic Leap’s main competitor, the Microsoft HoloLens, which is shipping a compact set of glasses — but only to businesses and software developers, not to consumers yet.
Evans, who has received demos of Magic Leap’s work in progress, said that eventually, it will wow consumers the way early smartphones did:
He also dissed critics of the leaked picture, saying “gloating about any negative news (real or fake) about a startup is just as bad as uncritical praise. Maybe worse.”
Gloating aside: As an investor, Evans has an interest in encouraging more uncritical praise over criticism of real problems, since the latter might dent Magic Leap’s $4.5 billion valuation.
Another Andreessen partner, Kyle Russell, tweeted on Friday that the device that popularized multitouch, the iPhone, also went through an ungainly prototype phase:
— By Eric Johnson, Re/code.net.
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