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Watch Magic Leap’s Video Of Seamless Augmented Reality Office Game Play

Posted Mar 19, 2015 by Darrell Etherington (@etherington)
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Magic Leap is showing what it might look like to use its hardware for augmented reality gaming in the future, with a new demo of what the team is apparently “playing in the office” right now. The interface, which includes non-game interaction and then a short demo of an in-office virtual shooter experience, was created in tandem with Weta Workshop, a concept art studio responsible for work on projects like Lord of the Rings.

The brief video shows examples of interacting with YouTube and Gmail apps, along with browsing a menu system for OS-level interaction. The person in the video from whose perspective it’s apparently shot then selects a shooter game, tests out a weapon after choosing from a variety of options, does some tower-defence style stuff by placing a current and fights some visually impressive but fairly generic baddies.

The video was posted with an apology for Magic Leap’s absence at TED. The startup’s CEO Rony Abovitz was scheduled to present a talk at this year’s TED conference in Vancouver, but canceled. At the same time, an AMA with one of Magic Leap’s key game developers was also abruptly canceled.

Magic Leap has significant backing from major tech companies and entertainment industry giants, including Google and Legendary Entertainment, and that has necessarily resulted in a lot of hype.

The company isn’t saying whether the video above is pure concept, or an example of live software running on its platform (the involvement of Weta tends to suggest the former), but it did confirm to TechCrunch that it is the source of the YouTube upload. If they can make good on this kind of promise, than the initial excitement and big funding rounds will start to make a lot more sense.

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    • Magic Leap

      • Founded 2011
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      • Overview Magic Leap is combining that inherent visual ability with mobile computing – giving you visual output equivalent to when you step outside into the world, but powered by the mobile tech you carry around. Using our Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal™, imagine being able to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real world. …
      • Location Dania, Florida
      • Categories Hardware + Software, Technology, Video, Augmented Reality
      • Website http://magicleap.com
      • Full profile for Magic Leap
    • Weta Workshop

      • Founded 1987
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      • Website http://wetaworkshop.com
      • Full profile for Weta Workshop
    • YouTube

      • Founded 2005
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      • Overview YouTube is a video-sharing website created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. YouTube enables users to upload, view and share videos. It uses Adobe Flash video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including video clips, TV clips, music videos, haber, and amateur content such as video blogging, short …
      • Location San Bruno, California
      • Categories Online Rental, Entertainment, Video, Games
      • Website http://www.youtube.com/
      • Full profile for YouTube

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