Many brand new technologies were employed for the MAGIC telescopes, including some major innovations in astroparticle physics: detectors that use techniques taken from accelerator experiments; fast electronics and automatic controls to economically operate devices of astounding performance and complexity; computers and networks with sufficient capacity to record and reconstruct large volumes of data and find their interrelations.
MAGIC-I was innovative in several key technological aspects, preparing the ground for future experiments. The following is a list of features of the first MAGIC telescope. Some were further improved upon by first adding MAGIC-II in 2009, and with a major hardware upgrade in 2012.
In this section some key aspects in designing the MAGIC telescopes which make it a superior instrument for VHE gamma ray physics, particularly at lower energies, are listed: