In March this year Facebook announced that it would acquire the Oculus VR for $ 2 billion. If there is any news in 2014 that will give me the same shock, it should be Google's $ 542 million advantage for the Magic Leap.
The Magic Leap is a discreet and hidden project. In addition to the initial investment of $ 50 million, little news has been reported. The most absolute is that even the official website is mysterious and refuses to tell you what you are doing. The news came out and asked many entrepreneurs who are doing 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 magic company is this, which can make the giants so popular? In the spirit of gossip, I also collected some information and classified them. Of course, as a white technician, it is estimated that there are still many inaccuracies or errors in this article. All insiders are welcome to make bricks and spoilers ([email protected]).
Avegant virtual retina technology
Magic Leap says they produce soft, hard kits that produce "Cinematographic Reality" effects that deliver a more realistic 3D experience than the real-world Oculus Rift. When you adjust the focus, different angles and depths change, just like the effect of a light field camera. Magic Leap said that "this kind of experience is not virtual reality or augmented reality, but a computing technology after 30 to 40 years."
From the description of Re / code and the Magic Leap patent application for 3D virtual reality imaging systems, Magic Leap imaging technology may be similar to that of Avegant. Avegant's imaging principle is completely different from that of Oculus, using a virtual retina display called VRD that projects images directly into the user's retina without a physical "display device."
Okay, write here you should feel that this is an augmented reality AR technology. Magic Leap and its Cinematic Reality are still somewhat different from traditional AR technology, the difference lies mainly in the rendering effect. In traditional AR technology, texts, images and other virtual elements accumulate in the real world, making people feel they are floating in the real world. The images produced by Magic Leap and Avegant Glyph will be more realistic, and the virtual and real parts will be combined to become part of your vision. So, for this reason, Magic Leap defines its technology as "Movie Reality," a film-like reality. In fact, Forbes columnist Parmy Olson commented on Avegant Glyph products: "The impression is you're watching a movie through a movie screen in a small theater."
Another benefit of this imaging technique is that the image is more "real" and does not create "halo 3D" problems. Regarding virtual retinal technology, Nvidia researchers have launched a similar head-mounted display system in 2013. The M.I.T. Media Lab also launched similar products and solutions, and related originals have the possibility of large-scale commercial production.
What Magic Leap is Doing
Going back to the topic, what equipment does Magic Leap use to create images? The official Magic Leap did not say that the national and foreign reports did not say. Let's find some tips from some of the existing reports.
In the July report, New York Times editor John Markoff did not mention what equipment they used, but said the Magic Leap hopes to turn the device into a pair of glasses in the future.
As a company that can be seen by Google, it is of course a "technology flow" enterprise. I have reviewed the Magic Leap patents, including: 3D virtual and augmented reality systems, ergonomic head mounted monitors, tactile gloves, compact imaging systems and large-scale remote digital presence technology that allows users to interact. "Therefore, it is likely to be exhibited through an ergonomic head-mounted device that interacts through tactile gloves.
From the patent of the ergonomic head-mounted display device, the device used by the Magic Leap will probably have a free-looking appearance of glasses. As can be seen in the figure above, the device is likely to contain a waveguide prism with multiple reflective and free refracting surfaces as a light guide. The light is emitted from the imaging unit and injected into the waveguide prism through the first prism refraction surface. The injected light continues to propagate through the second prism refraction surface through multiple waveguide prisms (typically three or more), reaching the retina of the user.
From the patent description of the tactile glove, this is a motion capture input device that can be used to interact with the image in front of the eye. Maybe, the future is probably this way: Magic Leap features a keyboard in front of your eyes. When you move your finger, you actually operate it. Not only does it have a substantial outlet, it is likely to have a real feel.
Both input and output are available, Magic Leap is a system and system. In fact, they are doing the same, and one of their patents is the world of remote digital mass presence, which shows a device and a method to display and interact with the virtual reality world.
Why is Google willing to participate in Magic Leap?
Written here, it is obvious that Google is willing to participate in the Magic Leap. Google Glass, although not Oculus, can cause dizziness to users. But it also has a major flaw, that is, it can not produce visual effects in 3D.
Google Glass and the current Moto 360 are essentially the same, both are mobile phone peripherals and are an extension of existing devices. But with Magic Leap, perhaps the next computing platform, such as the PC and cell 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 clearly the general trend.
In March this year, when Facebook acquired Oculus, still regret that it was not Google who bought the future possibilities and defended against the Facebook gap. Now think about it, Google has chosen another way. Between VR and AR, Google chose 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 can "virtualize" a parallel "real world" in the real world. I want to see people . Appears in my world in the form of illusions anytime, anywhere, and can interact with me, the game is no longer just 2D, 3D, but as described in "The End of the Rainbow," appearing on the field of the game physical, allowing me In the "real" fight, adventure …
Next generation computing platform
I am particularly impressed with the narration on the Day of the Lie: Ten years, the virtual reality device represented by the Oculus VR will probably become the next-generation computing platform.
Think about it If the Oculus VR can be the size of a sunglasses in ten years, use it, and a new computing interface will appear in your vision, which may be parallel to the real world. You can also choose a completely immersive experience to erase the outside world. Information
In fact, Magic Leap is doing it now. Currently guessing, this should be done very well. They say they plan to launch a developer kit next year, and it's possible to launch a consumer version of $ 500 in two years.
The horror of things like Oculus and Magic Leap is that they have created a new platform, created new human-computer interactions, and created new media. Historically, the birth of each new platform has fostered the birth of new fields and industries, every innovation in human-computer interaction will re-write habits of human behavior and each new medium will more or less rewrite the development and direction of human history.
In the future, VR and AR can bring people, certainly not just for fiction a gaming world, to turn a realistic task, to create a simulation experience, it is likely to be "launching" a new world and cognition. Two hundred or two hundred years ago, people had already completed virtualization of sound. Now the products represented by Oculus and Magic Leap are going through the second stage, people's virtual reality view, and the future with Ophone products that can smell of virtual reality: a The seemingly more realistic virtual world is beckoning to us.
More important than the new computing platform is the new "Reality"
What is "reality"? We become real and physical things, and we think that all entities we perceive can be reality. When companies like Oculus and Magic Leap can make VR and AR "real" enough, can you tell the truth and what is fiction?
Maybe it's time to think about what the new "reality" is.
The Chinese are good at math and good at doing. In the renaissance era of hardware, it seems to have a natural advantage. Why are not there innovative and revolutionary products and technologies? Beyond impetuosity, perhaps our knowledge of the technology itself is still problematic. I do not know if it's accidental or inevitable. Many foreign cows always talk about brain hardware and nerves. All these technologies seem mysterious and mysterious. It seems that the superfluous behind is perhaps another concept of technology. The place where technology is really a X-cow may not be the kind of function that can be achieved, but how to change people's hearts.
Since the Paschal 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 finitude and ensure that "consciousness" controls "survival" and "condition" and constantly breaks the boundaries that delimit it in space, time, and spirit, that is, bravely Unlimited What the Magic Leap wants to do is to reintegrate those three and eliminate these limits: this is the destiny of humanity in the future.