Although Magic Leap’s augmented reality headset technology is still mostly under wraps, every time it releases a new demonstration of what it can do it’s even more impressive than before. The latest release sees Industrial Light and Magic creating some star wars assets for it and the effect is simply brilliant.
In the short segment of footage shot “directly through,” a Leap Motion device, we can see C3P0 and R2D2 discussing the debt Han Solo owed Jabba. Their discussion isn’t purely auditory though, after walking around the real-world environment around them, R2 projects a holographic scene onto a nearby tabletop.
Although the Magic Leap guys have used a dark environment to showcase it – and you can see some of the darker portions of the AR imagery become see through at times – it’s still exciting to think of the potential of this sort of technology.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP5ZZI05A3g’]
What’s potentiality quite interesting at the Magic Leap technology too, is that much like VR headsets of today, it requires a powerful PC to run it. In comparison, Microsoft’s Hololens is much more mobile, but lacks the processing power of a decent PC and it suffers from battery life problems by being untethered.
It will be interesting to see which augmented reality technology becomes more viable when this sort of kit reaches consumers.
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KitGuru Says: I just hope this lets you play a game of Dejarik (I did have to look that up) as it was always my favourite point in the original Star Wars movies.