Although this year has passed, apparently, uneventful, there are still a lot of surprises waiting for us. In the first trimester of 2015, Magic Leap announced that will release a new concept of an augmented VR headset. Fulfilling their promise, Magic Leap just published a minute long video of their brand new and shining headset. And so Magic Leap unleashed its magic. SFX not included in their presentation.
The minute long YouTube video clip, shows several augmented VR representations. In the first seconds we can see an image of a cute and quaint little robot, waving casually at the user. Among other applications, developers included a 3D representation on our own little Solar System, which the user can view in great detail.
Developers said that users can use the new headset for virtually any task that they can think of. You can view delightful movies, plough your way through endless hoards of ruthless enemies in a first-person shooter, read and reply to your mails and you can even do some research.
The technology of rendering such complex imagery is a far lot complicated than it sounds, but, in the end, it breaks down to some basic components. Basically, the set comprises of a hardware part, represented by the ocular device and the software part, where the magic begins. The device, through the software component, produces a representation of an object and then, with the help of the headset gear, it overlays this image on top of the real world.
To show their potential customers that the headset is genuine, developers included in their clip a woman that is sitting at the office, working, besides the waving robot. Moreover, they assured us that everything we see in the clip is filmed using the magic leap headset gear, with no other method of embellishment. No SFX included here, only the magic weaved by magic leap.
For their project, Magic Leap amassed quite a hefty sum of approximately $600 million and kept a closed-lid on this project for some time.
Still, gamers and other potential customers from around the world, are still somewhat suspicions regarding this new and daring project. Their suspicion seems to be fuelled by the clip’ editors. Weta Works was in charge of editing the footage, the same company that delivered special effects services to movies such as the Lord of the Rings.
You can find here the first footage released by Magic Leap used to demonstrate the device’ capabilities.
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