Ci matic r lity
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.