Month: May 2016
  • 05/20/2016

    Magic Leap And Bounds Are Going To Set Reality In A Spin

     

    Whales will jump out of gymnasium floors and solar systems can be held in the palm of your hand. You can share your world in completely new ways.  Magic Leap is going to upend the way we work, communicate and play.

     

    Magic Leap Startup

     

    The secretive startup, Magic Leap, is becoming less secretive by the minute. Magic Leap is now backed by Google, Alibaba and Warner Bros. The company developing Mixed Reality Lightfield technology is set to create one of the next big things in computing.

     

    The now familiar Oculus wants to transport you to a virtual world for fun and games. Magic Leap wants to bring the fun and games to the world you’re already in. They’ll do this by using a tiny projector that shines light onto a transparent lens, which deflects the light onto the retina.

     

    That pattern of light blends in so well with the light you’re receiving from the real world, that to your visual cortex, artificial objects are nearly indistinguishable from actual objects.

     

    They’re calling it Mixed Reality (MR); Augmented Reality meets Virtual Reality, placing 3D virtual elements in real environments. Your living room will still look like your living room, there may just be a fire breathing dragon suddenly facing you!

     

    Magic Leap won’t just be for fun and games though. According to CEO, Rony Abovitz, whilst it may start out full of “whimsy and wonder”, in time it will be it will be “an operating system for reality”; with applications for productivity, education, and everyday essentials as well as games.

     

     

    In the above Magic Leap Demo video, a robot is hiding under a table and a solar system is hovering over an office desk, complete with reflections cast off the office desk as if it were really there. This is a key element of the technology; virtual objects won’t overlap with real-world ones, and they’ll create virtual interactions with real things (like the virtual reflections off the real table).

     

    According to Abovitz, with time, the “brain doesn’t distinguish between real and magical,” and that the realistic experience “becomes more real over time as it sinks into your consciousness.”

     

    As more is revealed about Magic Leap, there still remains a lot we don’t know. What will the ‘goggles’ look like? How will it really feel to use? How much will it cost? When will it be available? Could it completely replace your smartphone?

     

    Well, here’s some good news; “It’s not far away.” Says CEO Rony Abovitz. Apparently, the first planned tech demo is set for the end of 2016 with an official unveil at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

    We can’t wait! Can you?

     

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