Wednesday in CE: Magic Leap Five-Year Plan Promises Live Holograms
Magic Leap has been making slow progress over the past few years, making their newest announcement a big deal. During an unveiling with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, the AR focused company wants to bring NBA content to their pair of glasses.
This is not a huge announcement on its own, but it will help build Magic Leap's reputation as more than just vaporware.
CEO Rony Abovitz has noted that the way of capturing video will quickly become the norm, allowing VR platforms like Magic Leap to thrive and hit the mainstream in a relatively short amount of time. In an interview with The Verge, Abovitz said that within “two to five years,” it will be technically possible for people wearing Magic Leap goggles to watch an NBA game (or other media) live, but in a holographic, interactive form.
“You can stream over the top and to the screens, the virtual screens — you can do that now,” he said. “We’re looking at, how do you derive the information to move the volumetric stuff from that? And then, how do you do volumetric live streaming as well ... if you time where processing power is going, particularly backends, you’re single-digit years away from that happening.”
Magic Leap is on track to launch their first pair of glasses this year, with the lowest model costing about as much as a premium smartphone.
Early reviews are out on the ultra-brilliant Caavo and the backhand compliment is that it might be too smart for its own good. Sporting a ton of HDMI connections and software that logs into all your streaming services, Caavo can unite your entire home theater in ways that others couldn't.
After suffering a few setback, and a new round of funding, Caavo has finally launched at $399 for their ultra universal service. But unlike other universal remotes - in the realm of retail anyways - Caavo will actually sort through your services and find the content you want. It won't just present your favorite show on HBO, it will switch to the episode and start it where you left off on the input you want.
Its shaping up to be a sort of voice-free digital assistant experience.
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