VR without AR is an non starter.
This week, we came one step closer to finding out just what that device is as the company applied for a design patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for “Virtual or augmented reality headsets having adjustable interpupillary distance.” (Interpupillary distance is the distance between a person’s pupils, and it is important in order for AR/VR headsets to send correctly positioned imagery to each eye.) The patent also showed a device that looks sleeker than previous versions.
Last Saturday, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz tweeted: “We just achieved a number of major product dev milestones.” Whether those milestones are included in the patent dated October 18 or are altogether new developments, Magic Leap obviously has something in the works that is impressive enough to entice tech giants like Google, Qualcomm, and China’s Alibaba group to invest a total of $793.5 million dollars in the project.
We live in interesting times. - Robert E.
Another ML clip. Factoid, Light Field science is part of the equation here.