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You’re a bit late on this – whales have been around for mil­lions of years.

Yes, whales are a bit last-gen. But did you know their click­ing sounds have re­gional ac­cents? Any­way, this isn’t about real Moby-Dicks, as you can tell from the re­laxed de­meanour of those beach-folk. This is about a new form of hy­per-real aug­mented re­al­ity, cre­ated by Magic Leap. The Florida-based com­pany hasn’t of­fi­cially an­nounced any­thing yet, but pri­vate demos have been good enough to con­vince Google et al to pump US$500 mil­lion into what Magic Leap is call­ing ‘cin­e­matic re­al­ity’.

My lo­cal cinema’s al­ready got ‘cin­e­matic re­al­ity’.

Well, this is bit more fu­tur­is­tic than watch­ing a film in the dark with a load of pop­corn rustlers. Magic Leap’s web­site gives away some clues, show­ing re­al­is­tic CGI cre­ations over­laid on ev­ery­day scenes, and they claim this will tran­scend aug­mented re­al­ity and vir­tual re­al­ity to cre­ate ‘the most nat­u­ral and hu­man-friendly wear­able com­put­ing in­ter­face in the world’. Magic Leap’s patents sug­gest it could be a head-mounted ‘light field’ dis­play that gives AR ac­tual depth by beam­ing images onto your retina, rather than fo­cus­ing on a flat screen.

Not again. I don’t want a com­puter on my face!

You’ll change your mind when you see Magic Leap’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Frame­store and Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox. They’re do­ing a live show called ‘The Age Of Starlight’, which will de­but at the Manch­ester In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val in July. The D:Reamy physi­cist told the BBC: “It al­lows you to put dig­i­tal images into your field of view di­rectly. I saw the pro­to­type in Miami a few months ago and it’s stunning. It’s go­ing to be trans­for­ma­tive tech­nol­ogy, there’s no doubt about that.” So there you have it – Brian’s never wrong about any­thing. Well, apart from mu­sic.

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