During this year’s Google I/O event last month, Virtual Reality was one of the more prevalent themes for the search giant. Having launched Google Cardboard during I/O 2014, they followed this up with the announcement of tools to make it easier for people to create Virtual Reality content as well as a new, more modern version of the headset. Google clearly things that Virtual Reality is not only the future of entertainment as Sony and Oculus do, but also the future of how Education and perhaps how we work. Google has invested in Magic Leap before, and while you might not know who Magic Leap are, you’re about to hear a lot more of them in the future it would seem.
As a small startup that’s been quietly creating augmented reality and virtual reality software, Magic Leap describes the company as more of an idea that “that computing should be shaped and forged to work for us: our life, our physiology, our connected relationships. That exploring human creativity is as great an adventure as exploring space.” In a nutshell, Magic Leap wants to bring us back into the real world, while also bringing a little magic along with us. Over time, the company created the “Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal” also known as a “Digital Lightfield”. In the demo below, it seems that Magic Leap wants to create software systems that we interact with in real time, and with our bodies, rather than through a keyboard and a display, as so many of us do.
It emerged last night that the company is getting ready to launch an SDK shortly, with a tweet from the company essentially confirming that an SDK using both the Unity and Unreal Engines is in the works and will be released soon. This is big news for the augmented and virtual reality space, as the demo from Magic Leap from quite some time ago paints a pretty incredible vision of the future for computing, and hopefully, with an SDK they can start to realize these lofty ambitions.