The main competitor, at least in mind share, for Microsoft Hololens, is Magic Leap, which has attracted more than $1.4 billion in funding, and has Google’s Sundar Pichai on their board.
Despite all the funding however the company has still not shown their product in public, but have recently let Wired in to have an early look at their experience.
Wired’s reporter notes that the technology worked “amazingly well”, with very vibrant holograms which did not have visible pixels which she called “smooth and incredibly realistic.”
Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz said , “Ours is a journey of inner space. We are building the internet of presence and experience.”
So confident he was in his technology that the Magic Leap company was planning to soon abandon desktop screens altogether in favor of virtual displays. See the video below for a demo.
The glasses did not however defeat the restricted field of view issue which has been plaguing Microsoft, with the reporter calling it “inadequate”, noting “virtual objects that are located directly in front of you, within the coverage of the screen, appear present. But when you turn your gaze away, they disappear from your peripheral vision.”
Magic Leap was working on protocols that save a mapped place in the cloud so each new device does not have to remapped an enviroment for each encounter. The new or returning glasses would merely needs to register and update any changes in the space. This in turn will let you share virtual objects across different surroundings, even if participants are in distant places.
Despite Magic Leap’s (still undefined) ambitions and massive funding the company is still far shipping a product, and when they do launch they are likely to be well behind Hololens for what seems fundamentally to be a similar experience, not to mention appearing to be less of a platform play, unlike Microsoft’s Windows 10 push.
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