This video could be total bullshit, but I want to believe. Magic Leap is just one of many companies playing around with augmented reality, a new form of interacting with the world around us that’s getting nearly as much attention as virtual reality.
How much? Google invested nearly $US500 million into Magic Leap last year.
Apparently a $US500 million infusion from one of technology’s biggest companies gets you an incredible demo made in collaboration with Peter Jackson’s WETA Workshop.
Magic Leap proposes a world where the applications that drive our daily live are accessible all the time, rather than hiding in our phone, tablet, or computer.
When it comes to games, it suggests a blending of the physical and virtual. In this case, a set of conveniently placed weapons on a nearby desk suddenly become your tools in a new AR game.
That’s pretty useful when a bunch of deadly robots suddenly decide to start invading!
Right now, augmented reality is in a similar situation to virtual reality. It sounds promising and makes for neat videos, but it’s a long way from being part of our daily lives.
Still, it’s a cool video!