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A 3-D animated creature, affectionately named Gerald, appears to walk in circles while floating in front of an elaborate viewer that resembles something from an optometrist’s office. Though only half a foot high, and with four arms, he looks remarkably lifelike through lenses that transmit what computer scientists and optical engineers describe as a “digital light field” into the eyes of a viewer.
The technology, once downsized into a pair of glasses, is intended to overcome the most significant technical challenges blocking an explosion of virtual reality.
Though the industry could radically transform entertainment, gaming and other forms of computing, it has an Achilles’ heel: Many people become queasy after pulling viewing devices over their eyes and slipping into an immersive world that blurs the line between physical reality and computer-generated imagery.
Magic Leap has a bunch of patents, including one for a tactile glove for human-computer interaction, an ultra-high-resolution scanning fiber display, a 3D display that uses a "wave guide reflector array projector," a system that lets one or more people interact with the same augmented reality environments, and a head-mounted optical system (diagrammed below):
One of Magic Leap's central concepts is that its technology will feel more natural than anything else on the market. No bulky goggles here.
originally posted by: mbkennel
a reply to: gosseyn
The phrase in the NYTimes article is "digital light field technology".
The porn will be---in the late Jobs' spirit---"magical".
It will also go on drone operator heads.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
What they need to be looking at is a way to induce a controlled REM state that can be programmed and networked with other people in a similar REM state.
originally posted by: NoRulesAllowed
Google just backed them with $500M!
Nothing much is known about this company "magic leap" yet and rumours are going wild. Some "virtual augmentation" technology which is supposed to blow anything out of the water including Oculus Rift.
People who reportedly saw the tech were blown away, saying "they couldn't really believe what they saw".
We can assume that Google didn't spend $500M without good reason, it's likely we'll see this tech combined with google glass.
Claiming whatever they have will blow even Oculus out of the water is sure a bold statement. Certainly VERY, VERY interesting. Their site just deepens the mystery what they have in store there.