Augmented reality glasses will be available in Korea this year, after SK Telecom signed an exclusive contract with the US startup Magic Leap, the Korean mobile carrier said Feb. 27.
SKT struck a deal to distribute Magic Leap’s AR head-mounted display in the Korean market, though it did not specify the launch schedule or its prices.
Magic Leap One’s creator edition currently sells at the hefty price of US$2,300 in the US. Content and app developers are its main users.
SKT said it will introduce Magic Leap in the Korean market by showcasing the AR device in its stores and creating exclusive content for its platform.
The companies also agreed to work together to create mixed reality content that can be used in entertainment, e-commerce, social media and industry.
During the world’s largest mobile show, SKT also forged a strategic alliance with AR game developer Niantic, which sparked a global sensation with its “Pokemon Go” in 2016.
Under the agreement, SK Telecom will be in charge of distributing Niantic’s new AR game “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” in the Korean market.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)