When companies like Microsoft and the mysterious Magic Leap present their visions for augmented reality, it is like dreams coming true.But on the internet, dreams have a funny way of becoming nightmares — ad-filled, overwhelming nightmares.Designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda has created a short film that shows an alternative vision of what augmented reality might do to our world.He describes "Hyper-Reality" as "a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media."It shows how ads and other media might make our new reality a digital version of New York's Time Square.Here is the film, which was surfaced by Gizmodo:NOW WATCH: The defense attorneys from 'Making a Murderer' respond to criticism from Steven Avery s new lawyerLoading video...
Until people get their hands on it, the photonics chip remains a mystery.There are some subtle differences between mixed and augmented realities, with the latter tending to lay stuff onto surroundings while the former mixes the person into them.I watched miniature humans wrestle each other on a real tabletop, almost like a Star Wars holographic chess game.The focus on fun means the headset is closer to the Oculus VR than Microsoft s HoloLens, which has been demoed doing work-focused tasks.Facebook, which bought Oculus for $2 billion last year, has been promoting VR heavily and Google announced a new platform for the technology at its I/O 2016 keynote event, which was held this week.Ultimately, Magic Leap s secrecy means no one can accurately judge the technology without trying it, and the world is unlikely to see it anytime soon.
There are four AR/VR unicorns already Magic Leap, Oculus, Blippar, MindMaze .DCM General Partner Jason Krikorian believes AR/VR can enable new experiences not possible before.Qualcomm Ventures Managing Director Jason Ball considers that AR/VR is the new UX/UI for everything, but it will take time.Accel s Fuller sees opportunities in improving existing user behavior, immersive experience sharing as the next evolution of media, and mass AR/VR user-generated content.Some of the AR/VR seed investors have the financial capacity to follow on, but others don t. Here, Digi-Capital tracks more than 200 global VCs and corporates who have invested in AR/VR, and there are many other VCs who are actively exploring Series A investment.20thCentury Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn makes a pretty clear case for why they invested in ODG.
DON T MISS: New free app and site makes watching online videos like regular TV channelsThe studio — which has teamed up with France-based Asobo Studio, an independent studio that s been developing content for the HoloLens for the last few years – will offer things like prototyping and application development services for businesses.A few days ago, a pair of VR industry veterans who formerly worked with DreamWorks Animation also launched a new VR and mixed reality company called SPACES that s already working on content for companies like Microsoft and NBCUniversal, and it s raised $3 million in initial funding led by Comcast Ventures.Motte — whose LinkedIn profile image is of him smiling and wearing a HoloLens headset — says holographic computing is going to change everything.Motte, as well as Howard, had a front row seat at Microsoft for a few tidal shifts in consumer computing behavior.During Motte s time with the company, according to his LinkedIn profile, he helped launch and manage the Age of Empires franchise and other first-party PC games; led content strategy and acquisitions of action/adventure and MMO games for the launch of the Xbox; led a global business development team responsible for first-party Xbox games; and negotiated partnerships with independent games studios and consumer brands for Microsoft Studios entertainment content exclusive to platforms like Xbox LIVE and HoloLens, among other platforms.That will result in a storyboard, visuals and technical outlines from which can be developed a proof of concept, prototype and fuller application.
Today Magic Leap founder/CEO Rony Abovitz made an announcement—strangely via remote robotic video feed at Twilio s SIGNAL developer conference.The secretive company is planning to integrate Twilio s tools and services into the Magic Leap SDK.Also, Magic Leap is selecting 10 Twilio developers to get early access to the tools.The first of those 10 will be the winner from Twilio s $BASH competition.Little is known about the mechanism that allows their immersive mixed-reality experiences to come to life for users.Whatever magic it involves, it must be good because it seems that everyone who tries it ends up dumping more money or time into it.
Magic Leap, the highly-secretive startup backed by Google that's creating some sort of augmented-reality device, has announced that it plans to work with outside app creators in the future.While this is an obvious move — any hardware is only as good as its apps or experiences that power it — it could indicate that Magic Leap is moving closer to actually getting its hardware in the hands of developers.In a recent Q session, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz announced a new initiative where Magic Leap's technology will be made available to third-party developers so they could  make really cool things," according to The Verge.The Verge reports that Magic Leap also revealed a partnership with Twilio, a startup that lets app developers add features like phone calls or text messaging to their apps, which will allow the startup to integrate its software with Magic Leap s technology.One of the app creators will be picked through a contest at Twilio's conference for app creators, Signals, according to The Verge, but the rest of the selection process is a mystery — as is the timing of when the other developers will be allowed access to Magic Leap's tech.Abovitz did talk about how Magic Leap's tech could, in theory, create realistic holograms — either of objects in a work environment or actual people — to allow for collaboration or virtual in-person meetings.You can see what using Magic Leap is like, filmed through the actual device without added CGI, in the video below.NOW WATCH: This smart earpiece translates languages as they are spokenLoading video...
The allegations of betrayal and skullduggery surfaced in a lawsuit that Magic Leap filed late Thursday in federal court after the two workers, Gary Bradski and Adrian Kaehler, sued the company for wrongful termination earlier this week.Since its inception six years ago, Magic Leap has emerged as one of artificial reality's most intriguing startups while raising $1.4 billion from a list of investors that include Google and China's Alibaba Group.Magic Leap instead has released videos providing tantalizing glimpses at what it's working on: a pair of goggles that will project three-dimensional, life-like images within the real world.AdvertisementOther headsets, such as Facebook's Oculus Rift, that immerse users in a completely fabricated world are examples of what's known as "virtual reality."But the battle with two of the 85 employees located in its Mountain View, California, office threatens to drag Magic Leap into the mud.Kaehler also was hired in 2013 and reported to Bradski, most recently working as a vice president of special projects.
The allegations of betrayal and skullduggery surfaced in a lawsuit that Magic Leap filed late Thursday in federal court after the two workers, Gary Bradski and Adrian Kaehler, sued the company for wrongful termination earlier this week.Since its inception six years ago, Magic Leap has emerged as one of artificial reality's most intriguing startups while raising $1.4 billion from a list of investors that include Google and China's Alibaba Group.Magic Leap instead has released videos providing tantalizing glimpses at what it's working on: a pair of goggles that will project three-dimensional, life-like images within the real world.Other headsets, such as Facebook's Oculus Rift, that immerse users in a completely fabricated world are examples of what's known as "virtual reality."But the battle with two of the 85 employees located in its Mountain View, California, office threatens to drag Magic Leap into the mud.Kaehler also was hired in 2013 and reported to Bradski, most recently working as a vice president of special projects.
In a rare glimpse into the secretive Alibaba-Google-backed augmented reality startup, Magic Leap, the company has filed a lawsuit against two former employees, claiming they worked on proprietary robotics technology while building a similar project outside the company for over a year.The company claims that Gary Bradski, a senior vice president at the company  was aware of and involved in projects and plans that involved deep-learning techniques for robotics.Bradski and another Magic Leap employee, Adrian Kaehler, allegedly began working on a new company while still employed at Magic Leap.Magic Leap has attracted its fair share of attention, in part because of its secrecy, and also because it has so far attracted over a billion USD in investment from the likes of Alibaba and Google, valuing the company at around 4.5 billion USD.So what do we know about them?Up until now we already knew the company is working on a VR-style headset and imaging technology that allows users to overlay high-quality 3D imagery onto real life scenes.According to the company s eccentric CEO, Rony Abovitz  who once dressed as an astronaut to deliver a TED talk , the technology replicates the field of light human experience in regular sight.Following the lawsuit it s clear the technology could have much more diverse applications: Magic Leap s Proprietary Technologies are not limited to its head-mounted virtual retinal display , the lawsuit noted, and extend to many different applications and devices, including, but not limited to, robotics.Before founding Magic Leap, Abovitz built a company specializing in medical robots called Mako, which went on to sell for $1.65 billion USD in 2013.Magic Leap is developing an optical chip using silicon photonics to bridge the gap between regular and virtual sight – it s not difficult to see how the company s technology could encroach on the field of robotics.
It is also about what technology can show you beyond your visual perception.For example, Ingress is an AR 3D game that allows several players, or 'agents', to play together from different parts of the world.The AR race started in the late 1960s, when computer scientist Ivan Sutherland developed a three-dimensional display to present the user with a perspective image which changes as he/she moves.Since then, many other attempts have been done to get the technology right, but all of them failed to make it to the consumer market.Companies like Magic Leap, which Google has also helped to fund, are currently developing AR content that is going to use both VR technology and AR to superimpose 3D computer-generated imagery over real world objects.According to CCS Insight, the market value associated with this technology will also boom to $3.6 billion in two years time, up from last year's $300 million.
But VR isn't the only hot thing in tech today as far as synthetic realities go.That only you can see, of course.HoloLens now lets up to three Universal Windows Platform UWP apps to run simultaneously, so you can keep on playing music in Groove while Edge remains open while you tell a robot model to keep turning in this or that direction.The latter improvements could go a long way into turning Mixed Reality into the future of computing, where instead of actual, physical monitors you have virtual windows superimposed on reality.Developers who haven't received their HoloLens won't have to drool over these far longer.At least if they're lucky enough to be in the second batch of shipments now going out.
Many assume that the technology is limited to gaming or entertainment, while others look down on the trend, claiming it will turn us into anti-social, isolated robots.But the members of Rabbit Hole VR are the evangelists of Silicon Valley's latest fad."VR is one of those things where people can go from being curious about it, to it changing their life's path really quickly when they realize how relevant it is," says Aashna Mago, looking up from her laptop during a recent Rabbit Hole VR meeting I attended.Mago, like many of her peers, stumbled into a love affair with virtual reality.It also sparks innovation.Many students come to Rabbit Hole VR because they have a content idea, but lack the tools to pursue it."Current student-led projects include a virtual reality experience that makes physical therapy more comfortable for children suffering from chronic pain, and an app that turns your smartphone into a VR controller.Anna Yelizarova, a soon-to-be computer science graduate, is tackling an untraditional summer project before embarking on her graduate studies at Stanford.She'll be traveling the world and shooting 360-degree videos along the way.Yelizarova recently launched an "immersive travel blog" called Follow the White Rabbit, where she'll post weekly episodes and tutorials.Yelizarova will leave for Iceland in June and return to the states in early September, ending her journey at Burning Man.Other members of Rabbit Hole VR have also taken on ambitious projects — and wound up with pretty stacked résumés.Last summer, Korman worked on product design at an internship at Magic Leap, a company developing a mysterious, impressive-looking "mixed-reality headset" that has raised over $1 billion from high-profile investors like Google and Alibaba.Mago took a leave of absence from Stanford in 2015 to accept a full-time position at Rothenberg Ventures, where she helped launch an in-house virtual reality content studio.Others have worked in the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford and the University of Southern California's prestigious Institute for Creative Technologies.Not every member plans to make virtual reality their life's work, in fact, most don't.
On the heels of the first major update to Windows Holographic, its version of Windows 10 for the HoloLens, Microsoft is proudly announcing the arrival of the Outlook Mail and Calendar app on the HoloLens, allowing users to pin their emails and calendars on a wall, almost literally, and have it always within sight.Some productivity gurus might actually frown upon that line of thinking, as a nagging visual reminder of undone things might overload the brain.Still, to each his or her own when it comes to workflows.Microsoft revealed in its BUILD 2016 conference last month Office apps working in its mixed reality environment.Mixed reality, or MR, proponents like Microsoft, Magic Leap, and Meta poise their systems more for generic computing purposes to eventually replace conventional computers in the not so distant future.There are some attempts on the VR front to also have this kind of experience, though those are limited by how virtual reality works in contrast to augmented and mixed reality.
The much-hyped startup Magic Leap – backed by Google, Warner Brothers, JPMorgan Chase and others – recently won a patent for the design of an augmented reality headset.Magic Leap s design patent, which was granted on Tuesday, could offer the first look at what some say may be the most revolutionary tech gadget in years.Unlike standard virtual reality headsets, Magic Leap s device would let users see the rest of the world around them while superimposing virtual content in all directions.It has more in common with Google s ill-fated Glass, which offers basic web search information and map directions through an augmented reality – if far less graphically impressive than Magic Leap.In a promotional video released by Magic Leap in April , a man looks around his desk at a three-dimensional rendering of daughter s school project and shoes he might like to buy.Despite raising a lot of money from marquee investors, the company hasn t set a release date and has said almost nothing about the product outside of one major interview with Wired in April.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f109617%2fmgclp1So much mystery has cloaked the heavily funded startup known as Magic Leap that nearly any tidbit of information sets off a new round of speculation.The latest morsel slipping from behind the company's curtain of secrecy is a patent awarded to the company on Tuesday that includes drawings of a device described as a "virtual reality headset."In all, there are nine drawings accompanying the filing, all of which look similar in many respects to VR headsets already on the market.And that's exactly what raised my suspicions regarding some claims about the drawings, which indicate that this is what the long-awaited Magic Leap VR device will look like.At this point, with no proof otherwise, we'll have to take their word for it and wait a little longer to find out exactly what Magic Leap's VR product does look like.However, with every passing month, the combination of secrecy and rave reviews from those who have tried it is only putting more pressure on the Florida-based company to deliver a knockout product when it finally debuts to the public.
Virtual reality is cool because it can put strange new worlds in front of you while you sit at your desk or walk around a small room with the HTC Vive.But one game uses VR to alter a space the size of a basketball court, and it s headed to Japan.Zero Latency VR is a Melbourne-based company that has created a life-sized virtual reality shooting game where multiple players walk around a space while wearing a head-mounted display and tracking equipment.Sega has picked up the game and is bringing it to Japan for a permanent installation.That s a strategy many other entertainment companies are embarking on.While many consumers are waiting on the price of the Oculus Rift $600 or HTC Vive $800 to come down before they join in on the cutting-edge fun, these attraction-style VR solutions could help propel the burgeoning industry to the $40 billion in revenue by 2020 that some analysts are expecting.And Zero Latency VR looks like one of the best implementations of that yet.Check out the new trailer that Zero Latency launched this week:The game has players fighting in a variety of modes.While their bodies are walking around an empty floor, players feel like they re walking down hallways and through offices.
Now, a new patent may finally give us some insight into what we can expect from the mysterious company.In sketches from the filing, the device looks a lot like a bike helmet for your face.Image: USPTOIt s important to remember that these patents be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism.This isn t even the first time a Magic Leap headset patent has been discovered.Back in January 2015, Gizmodo reported on a suite of wearables outline in a Magic Leap patent that included what appeared to be an augmented reality heads-up display.Whether either of these patents will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but in the meantime, one thing s for sure: We are all frothing over Magic Leap s tech and the dream of trying it out.
We now have a good idea of what the mysterious Magic leap AR headset will look like, courtesy of a recent patent application.We've known for some time that Google and Qualcomm among others have been pouring money into a secretive augmented reality company called Magic Leap.AR means that these images will mix in seamlessly with the world around you.Of course, a rough sketch in a patent application is no guarantee of a final design.These images aren't accompanied by any details on how the device actually works, either.Still, the patent offers an indication as to what kind of thing we can expect whenever Magic Leap finally starts showing off its hardware to the public.
The secret unit full company Magic Leap has been granted a patent that might give us a clue to how their future VR headset / VR helmet will look like. It is a design patent so there is no information on the technology behind the possible "helmet" would work. Magic Leap has shown up very little of what pysslar with but the few who have seen what the company does seem to be impressed and considering that Google and others have invested heavily in the Magic Leap, the company is already valued at $ 4.5 billion , I guess it's the right cool stuff we're talking about. Magic Leap has never indicated neither when planning to show up or drop an actual product. The company's founder has said it will do so when we know that the technology is ready but does not seem to have giant hurry to launch something. qz.com
There s been plenty of talk about Magic Leap over the last year — as is likely for any startup that manages to raise billions of dollars — but the company is still keeping its supposedly groundbreaking technology under wraps.The headset on show doesn t look a million miles away from the likes of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, but it s fair to say that its look is a little bit more futuristic.Most of the user s face is covered with a large dish that covers two eyepieces, which has prompted comparisons to everything from RoboCop to a pilot s helmet from Star Wars with its blast shield lowered.That being said, these drawings do at least tell us that a headset is part of the company s plan.Given Magic Leap s intention to deliver a mixed reality experience distinct from anything being developed by its competitors, there was every possibility that its design approach could have been markedly different.Of course, this is just a parting glimpse of what s going on internally at Magic Leap.