Exciting new technology: Magic Leap will make virtual reality come to life

Magic Leap LogoTechnology is revolutionising our lives and with the continuous release of new tech we’re discovering products which could soon evolve our lives both at work and home.

Magic Leap was founded by Rony Abovitz in 2012. The company is working on a virtual retinal display which superimposes 3D computer-generated imagery over real world objects, by projecting a digital light field into the user’s eye.

By October 2014 it had attracted a lot of interest and raised over $540 million of funding from many investors including Google. Recently this boosted to $793 million…

In March 2015 Magic Leap released a demo video named “Just another day in the office at Magic Leap”.

There’s already been many devices offering this however when those goggles allow you to intersect virtual 3D objects into your genuine field of vision that’s a whole new development, and this is exactly what Magic Leap is promising.

Holographic experiences in your real world

Magic Leap is concentrating on something distinctive – augmented reality. Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect vision of a physical, real-life location where elements are supplemented by computer-generated sensory input (e.g. graphics, video or sound). Consequently the technology operates by enhancing current perception of reality.

How it works

These head-mounted devices use a pass through camera showing you the exact same room or setting you’re currently in whilst impeccably layering in computer-generated items.

Magic Leap says that these magical images are projected onto your retina, creating the same types of neurological effects as real life objects perceived around you.

Aim to be worn all day

Apparently the Magic Leap gadget will stay positioned on your head, and will be a device for everyday use, even whilst you’re speaking to others.

Google Glass was the last gadget which tried this and the goals appear to be similar – create a device that can be on you but won’t take over your world, and something that can show you what you need to see while still making eye contact with real people.

Magic Leap could revive gaming. Envisage yourself being able to engage in a game whilst still moving easily around a room. That’s what augmented reality does as the wearer can still see the world around them. The Magic Leap unit is thought to recognise hands making it easy to hold virtual objects.

Make virtual experiences more natural

Magic Leap alleges that its experience will seem more natural, resulting in less problems such as headaches and feeling sick. Some people experience nausea and disorientation from virtual reality with how it tricks your brain into encountering realistic 3D on a screen.

Magic Leap Demo

No more screens?

Magic Leap could demolish the screen. With a headset design which projects directly onto the retina there would be no more requirements for screens. It’s expected that no screen will compare as the resolution and focus of the images would be like real.

With the backing of big names in tech who believe this is the future, if Magic Leap can deliver even a fragment of what it’s hinting, it has the potential to be a changing moment in the world of technology. We’re excited to see what the future holds!

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