Magic Leap is a startup company founded by Rony Abovitz and is working on a technology that is a specific blend of augmented reality and computer vision.These elements are experienced similar to a hologram bur not exactly according to sources. Not really a hologram that you’d expect to see in a Star Wars movie, but a high definition 3 dimensional object nearly as real as anything you can see.
Basically this is leading to a really huge leap forward from a Google Glass headset where you can see much more than directions, simple graphics and your twitter feed.
Augmented reality is essentially a view of a real-world environment that are augmented (or supplemented) by computer generated images, audio, video or other data.
Computer vision includes methods for acquiring, processing, analyzing, and understanding images and high-dimensional data from the physical environment in order to produce information/decisions.
In short, this new technology should be able to detect how you are viewing an object and what digital information should be displayed. In this case the person’s brain will have trouble distinguishing virtual reality from a real-world situation.
The possibilities are endless when practically applying this technology in our lives. The Magic Leap team recently tweeted:
Why we are doing this: “Please make it possible for my brothers and I to have real life Pokemon battles in our backyard.” – Alex
— Magic Leap, Inc. (@magicleap) October 21, 2014
Google and other investors have already invested over 500 million into a product that is being heralded as not only a game changer but a “marker” in the evolution of technology as a whole.