Numerous companies producing the technology of the future are still working on fine-tuning both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) products — and often with more focus on designing headsets that users will actually agree to wear rather than what they will be able to enjoy from within as they view.
From Apple to Disney, AR systems abound. We have also seen the advent of apps and products like flight simulator programs, bionic prosthetics, coffee experiences, and more. Most are still in the beginning stages of availability, as well as appeal for consumers, whether due to price or lack of understanding about how such technology would really benefit them.
The mysterious, often secretive, and very well-funded Magic Leap, headquartered in Florida, has finally made a preliminary release of the Magic Leap One Creator Edition and the tech crowd is just a little bit excited. The new AR product is meant to meld into your environment, allowing you to see 3D images in a whole new way. This happens via a set of goggles that may be receiving some criticism about their look; however, opinions vary regarding their aesthetic appeal. Once donned, the user (or ‘creator,’ if you are using Magic Leap terminology) is able to reap the benefits of Magic Leap’s research into greater manipulation of light fields with their headset and portable computer. And while the googles and connecting computer gear may be slightly cumbersome, the implications of what creators will be able to with this technology in so many industries are intriguing.
“Our lightfield photonics generate digital light at different depths and blend seamlessly with natural light to produce lifelike digital objects that coexist in the real world. This advanced technology allows our brain to naturally process digital objects the same way we do real-world objects, making it comfortable to use for long periods of time,” states Magic Leap on their website page regarding the Magic Leap One Creator Edition.
Those using the technology can look forward to greater ease in extracting content as well as ‘spatial browsing,’ with platform features such as the digital lightfield, soundfield audio, a high-powered chipset, a next-generation interface, and more.
Several screens can be opened at once, ‘left hanging.’ Those who rely on virtual meetings should experience a boost in having that feeling of all being gathered around the table together, while gamers can take their activities to yet another new level.
The new AR product is also meant to improve tools for designers and artists:
“Experiment with combinations of creatures and objects to discover unexpected mash-ups. Like painting with turtles or rays of light. Imagine, produce, and play whenever, wherever, and however. It’s a sandbox without boundaries (or real sand).”
Magic Leap will be shipping the product in 2018 and is currently reaching out to creators who want to know more. Find out more about the Florida-based company, as well as more about Magic Leap Creator Edition, its features, uses, release date and more, here.
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