Magic Leap promises that mixed reality is closer than you think!
The top predictions on how ‘Mixed Reality’ will change our lives
Magic Leap the secretive ‘Mixed Reality’ startup helmed by Rony Abovitz has been on the minds of every tech enthusiast worth their salt ever since they got a $ 500 million infusion of life from Google in 2015. Magic Leap proposed using their particular blend of AR and VR (Mixed Reality) to overlay virtual elements into real living spaces to make some immensely realistic viewing experiences. Their promising tech has led to VCs such as Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins and others pumping in close to 1.4 Billion dollars in funding till date.
The ‘Mixed Reality’ experience that Magic Leap is building looks to create virtual objects that are integrated into and responsive to the real world. In simple terms, it could be said that mixed reality creates virtual objects that share the same properties of real objects. Magic Leap’s Chief Creative Officer Graeme Devine who prefers the title ‘game wizard’ summed this up aptly in his keynote “A world without atoms”. Inverse reported that ‘He sees the world in the next five years becoming 50:50 half atom and half mixed reality’.
Here are some predictions on how mixed reality will affect the way we consume content, play games, watch movies and how we interact with tech in general.
It will engage not isolate:
Mindless zombies staring at 4-inch mobile screens completely unaware of their surroundings is a nightmare that many futurists predict. Mixed Reality technology looks at making tech more organic and more importantly social. It does not look at cutting away connections with the real world but instead looks to amplify our experiences. Graeme Devine predicts that with ‘MR’ the user can be an active participant in the content ecosystem rather than a passive consumer. Rony Abovitz (CEO of Magic Leap) has stated in a press release that they are developing “the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world.”
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It works in tandem with your senses:
Magic Leap has patented its ‘Planar Waveguide Apparatus with Diffraction Element(s) and System Employing Same’ which basically is a means to directly project images onto the user’s retina. This combined with eye tracking systems means that the experience will work in sync with our sense and will require a minimal learning curve to adapt to. The projection system takes into account the manner in which our eyes focus and perceive depth so that virtual images produced by the system have the ‘illusion of depth’ making it (in theory) indistinguishable from real objects.
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It will change the future of UI/UX
A pioneering innovation that Magic Leap promises are ‘totems’ basically converting ordinary objects or surfaces into interfaces that will affect virtual outputs. These totems change the definition of an input device. To quote Wired magazine ‘Rather than relying on sensors built into the device, front-facing cameras on the Magic Leap headset could theoretically track any piece of material that’s been defined as a mouse’. This will usher in a whole new era in user experiences.
It will change gaming forever
Augmented Reality in gaming is picking up steam especially since the release of Pokemon Go. Mixed Reality will help make AR games even more believable and heighten the experience for players. DeltaT, Ingress, Pokemon Go and other AR titles can curate their content for the platform and do away with the limitations of existing mobile devices. Location based adventures combined with MR elements can create an entirely new genre of gaming that is totally immersive.