In March this year, Facebook announced that it would acquire Oculus VR for $ 2 billion. If there is any news in 2014 telling me the same shock, Google must be $ 542 million for Magic Leap.
Magic Leap is a low-key and hidden project. In addition to the $ 50 million early investment, some news has been reported. The most absolute thing is that even the official website is mysterious and refuses to tell you what they are doing. The news came out and asked a lot of entrepreneurs who make VR and AR at home and abroad. Everyone knows very little about this company.
It is estimated that everyone has a question in mind. What kind of magical company is this, which can make so popular giants. In the spirit of gossip, we gathered some information and sorted it. Of course, as a technical white, it is estimated that there are still many inaccuracies or mistakes in this article. All insiders are welcome to make bricks and spoilers ([email protected]).
Virtual retinal technology from Avegant
Magic Leap says they produce soft and hard kits that produce "Cinematic Reality" effects, which offer a more realistic 3D experience than Oculus Rift, which is built on the real world. When you adjust the focus, different angles and depths will change, just like the effect of a light field. Magic Leap said that "this type of experience is neither a virtual reality nor a augmented reality, but a computing technology after 30-40 years."
From the description of the Re / code and Magic Leap patent application for virtual reality 3D imaging systems, Magic Leap's imaging technology may be similar to that of Avegant. Avegant's imaging principle is completely different from that of Oculus, using a retinal virtual display called VRD that projects images directly onto the user's retina without a "physical display device."
Correctly, write here you must feel that this is the AR reality technology augmented. Magic Leap and their kinematic reality are somewhat different from traditional AR technology, the difference being mainly in the rendering effect. In traditional AR technology, text, images and other virtual elements will come together in the real world, making people feel floating in the real world. Magic Leap and Avegant Glyph images will be more realistic, and virtual and real-world components will be combined to become part of your vision. For this reason, Magic Leap defines its technology as "Reality Cinematic", a film-like reality. In fact, Forbes columnist Parmy Olson made a comment on Avegant Glyph's products: "The impression is that you're watching a movie through a movie screen in a small theater."
Another advantage of this imaging technique is that imaging is more "real" and does not create "3D halo" issues. As for virtual retinal technology, Nvidia researchers launched a similarly mounted display system in 2013. MIT Media Lab has also launched similar products and solutions, and the related originals have the potential for large-scale commercial production.
What Magic Leap does
Back to Top What equipment does Magic Leap use for the image? Moment Magic Leap official did not say that internal and external reports did not say. Let's find some clues from some existing reports.
In the July report, John Markoff, the editor of the New York Times, did not mention what equipment he used, but said that Magic Leap hopes to make the equipment in a pair of glasses in the future.
As a company that can be seen by Google, it's a "technology flow" company. We have reviewed Magic Leap patents, including: virtual and augmented 3D systems, ergonomic head screens, tactile gloves, compact imaging systems, and digital remote presence technology that allows users to interact. . "It can therefore be displayed through a head-mounted ergonomic display that interacts with tactile gloves.
From the patent of the ergonomic display device mounted on the head, the device used by Magic Leap is likely to have the appearance of glasses with a free-form optical system. As can be seen from the figure above, the device is likely to contain a waveguide prism with multiple free refractions and reflective surfaces as a light guide. Light is emitted from the image display unit and injected from the prism of the waveguide through the first prism reflection surface. The injected light continues to propagate through the second reflection surface of the prism through the multiple reflection prisms (usually three or more) reaching the user's retina.
From the description of the patent glove patent, this is a movement motion input device that can be used to interact with the image in front of the eye. Perhaps the future will look like this: Magic Leap presents a keyboard in front of your eyes. When you move your finger, it really works. Not only does it have a substantial production, it is possible to have a real feeling.
Both entry and exit are available. Magic Leap is a system and a system. In fact, they do the same, and one of their patents is the massive world of simultaneous digital presence that shows a device and a method of displaying and interacting with the world of virtual reality.
Why is Google willing to participate in Magic Leap?
Written here, it is obvious that Google is willing to participate in Magic Leap. Google Glass, though not like Oculus, can cause discomfort to users. But it also has a big flaw, that is, it can not produce 3D visual effects.
The current Google Glass and Moto 360 are basically the same, both being peripherals of mobile phones and an extension of existing devices. But with Magic Leap, perhaps the next computing platform, such as the PC and the mobile phone of the year, can meet office and entertainment needs at the same time. With the development of productivity and abundance of material, entertainment is clear the overall trend.
In March of this year, when Facebook acquired Oculus, I'm sorry that Google did not buy the future and defended against the Facebook pit. Now think about it, Google chose another way. Between AR and AR, Google has chosen AR from the beginning. Google Glass is the first step and Magic Leap is the second step. Perhaps in the future, Google's artificial intelligence technology and intelligent robots could "virtualize" a real world parallel to the real world. Appears in my world in the form of illusions anytime and anywhere and can interact with me, the game is no longer just 2D, 3D but the one described in "The End of the Rainbow", which appears in the physical field of play, allowing me "real" fight, adventure …
Next-generation computing platform
I am particularly impressed by the Fool's Day story: Ten years ago, the virtual reality device represented by Oculus VR is likely to become the next generation of computing platforms.
Think of It If Oculus VR can be a sunglass size in ten years, wear it and a new computing interface appears in your vision that can be parallel to the real world, you can choose a complete experience immersive to erase the outside world. information.
In fact, Magic Leap does this right now. At present, guess, it should do pretty well. It is said that it plans to launch a set of developers next year and is likely to launch a $ 500 consumer version in two years.
The horror of things like Oculus and Magic Leap is that they created a new platform, created new human-computer interactions and created new environments. From the historical point of view, the birth of each new platform has promoted the emergence of new fields and industries, each innovation in human-computer interaction will rewrite the habits of human behavior and each new environment will be more or less rewrite the evolution and direction of human history.
In the future, VR and AR can bring people, certainly not just a fictional world of games, to transform a realistic task, to create a simulation experience, it is likely to "cast" a new world and knowledge. At present, the products represented by Oculus and Magic Leap are in the second step, the vision of virtual reality people and the future of Ophone products that can experience the smell of virtual reality: a seemingly more realistic virtual world is waving us.
More important than the new computing platform is the new "reality"
What is "Reality"? We translate into real physical things, and we believe that all the entities we perceive may be reality. When companies like Oculus and Magic Leap can make VR and AR real enough, can you tell the truth and what is the fiction?
Perhaps it is time to think about what is the new "Reality".
The Chinese are good at math and are good at doing. In the era of hardware revival, it seems to have a natural advantage. Why there are no disruptive and revolutionary products and technologies? In addition to impetuosity, perhaps our knowledge of the technology itself is still problematic. I do not know if it is accidental or inevitable Many big foreign cows always talk about the hardware in the brain and nerves Let these technologies seem mysterious and mysterious It seems that the useless behind is perhaps another technological concept. The place where technology is really a cow X can not be what kind of function can be achieved, but how to change the hearts of people.
Since the Pascal era, all advances in science have been to better define the boundaries between "survival," "conditions," and "consciousness." The characteristic of human beings is to reject the finitude and to ensure that "consciousness" controls "survival" and "condition" and breaks constantly through the boundaries that surround it in space, time and spirit, that is, with the unlimited brave face. What Magic Leap wants to do is reintegrate these three and eliminate those limits. This is the fate of humanity in the future.