Google backs Magic Leap, a mysterious augmented actuality startup (up to date)
Google has simply thrown its weight behind an augmented actuality startup shrouded in thriller. Together with Qualcomm and movie manufacturing Legendary Leisure (amongst many different corporations), Mountain View has funded Magic Leap to the tune of $542 million. In accordance with The New York Occasions, that places the startup’s worth at a whopping $2 billion, although we nonetheless do not know a lot concerning the product it is creating. This is what we do find out about Magic Leap, although: it isn’t making a chunky headset just like the now Fb-owned Oculus Rift, and whereas firm CEO Rony Abovitz would not inform TechCrunch specifics, he stated his workforce is engaged on a “light-weight wearable” answer, presumably powered by a cellular system.
He additionally advised the publication that Magic Leap’s know-how goes properly past digital or augmented actuality and may superimpose objects that really look actual onto the world, utilizing one thing referred to as dynamic digitized lightfield sign. Legendary Footage CEO Thomas Tull (who has already hung out with the product) even described the startup’s know-how as “so badass” to Quick Firm, including that it’s “a marker of the longer term.” Magic Leap will use the cash from the newest funding spherical to speed up improvement, in an effort to launch its product (which may be obtainable to shoppers virtually as quickly because it’s revealed, TechCrunch stated) within the close to future.
Replace (10/22/2014): Hacker Information consumer jclarkcom has taken a glance at first-up’s patents, which could shed extra mild on Magic Leap’s know-how. We are saying “may,” as a result of these patents is perhaps speaking a few totally different know-how altogether. If these patents do pertain to the system in query, then will probably be capable of present you digital pictures at totally different depths in a single picture, so some might seem near you whereas others will seem father away. Make sure that to learn the hacker information entry for a extra technical and detailed rationalization. [Thanks, Stephen Lake of Thalmic Labs]
When you’d moderately get into the thoughts of Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz to seek out out what drives him, although, watch his fantastical TED “speak” from 2012 (under), the place he took the stage in an astronaut go well with and was assisted by fuzzy aliens.