Google-funded firm Magic Leap files patent for futuristic augmented reality device
The illustrated patent filed by Magic Leap shows what their augmented reality device will look like and what it will do. The patent was filed with the Unites States Patent and Trademarks Office.
The augmented reality startup, Magic Leap— which raised $542 million in a Google-led funding three months ago — has unveiled what its device will look like and what it will do in a filed illustrated patent.
Magic Leap’s patent appeared on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website on Thursday.
The patent illustrates a lot of cool-looking features, but some of them might not make it into the final product — which is the case with most patents that are first presented with a broad scope.
Some of the ideas illustrated seem plausible with the technology that exists now. Others seem a bit farfetched and similar to something seen in a "Star Trek" movie.
The Magic Leap device will be head worn and it looks similar to the Google Glass and Vizux eyewear.
The patent begins by illustrating the head worn device, which is similar to a Google Glass or a Vuzix smart eyewear.
The device will allow users to download different sceneries, maps and objects from the cloud and turn them into 3-D virtual objects they can interact with. Users would also be able to transfer what they see to another user so they can virtually recreate it.
Some of the illustrations feature users interacting with virtual screens that can take snapshots of things like football games then making those snapshots wall posters. The illustrations also show a mother and her daughter interacting with products at the store while grocery shopping to learn about their nutritional value.
The Magic Leap patent shows how users will be able to virtually chop cucumbers.The Magic Leap patent shows how users will be able to virtually chop cucumbers.
PreviousNextThe Magic Leap patent shows how users will be able to virtually chop cucumbers. Doctors would be able to provide patients with a closer look at their organs and internal anatomy. Magic Leap will also be able to virtually recreate outdoor settings and make users feel like they are somewhere else.
Other futuristic-looking drawings illustrate how doctors can show patients their internal anatomy by virtually recreating organs in 3-D.
Although some of these ideas seem very "Black Mirror," Magic Leap has potential to grow with augmented reality and virtual reality hitting the market this year. Magic Leap has not released a date for a product release, but founder Rony Abovitz has said in previous interviews that it’ll be "relatively soon."