"wearable computing systems"
They'll still be Glassholes to me... I guess I'm sentimental that way.
Google and A-list venture capitalists have given more than half a billion dollars to Magic Leap, a mysterious startup that aims to "make computing more natural". Magic Leap Magic Leap ... your guess is as good as ours Magic Leap is based down in Florida, and has no products, revenue, or public business plan, as far as we …
i fail to see how a shirts, jacket, pants or even shoes that have computing capabilities ranks with the glasses things... i'm waiting for the shirts or jackets with gps and mapping to you can find your route just by looking at your sleeve... there's certainly nothing glassholish about that, is there?
"i'm waiting for the shirts or jackets with gps and mapping to you can find your route just by looking at your sleeve... there's certainly nothing glassholish about that, is there?"
And how many are you going to buy?
I'll take a slim watch over something woven into a single item of clothing any day.
It would also need to be phone/tablet independent for many operations - so needs it's own GPS and storage.
> Baffled? We certainly were.
Absolutely mystified I think is the phrase.
Was there some subliminal messaging in the presentation that by-passed me?
If that is the kind of thing we will expect to see using their tech, there are more cost-effective ways of inducing delusions, LSD for a start.
"Magic Leap is based down in Florida, and has no products, revenue, or public business plan, as far as we can tell."
Hmmm, this somehow sounds familiar. Where I heard of this before?
Oh! But why would they need any of those things when all you really need in this life is the right connections? Which apparently they have.
Wait. What?! Florida? Uh oh. You might want to keep an eye on this one, El Reg. Florida is known as the scam capital of the nation in the US. (outside of Wall St and Hollywood that is)
Interesting how they didn't show anything that actually had to do with wearable computing or computers. Fur suits and cue cards just doesn't cut it.
The first wearable computers we had were those little things from Sharp, the PC-1500, etc. OK, more like stuffable in a coat pocket, but close enough. The next thing that really caught on, and is still sticking with us, is the "mobile phone," with more screen resolution than a desktop monitor.
Since "augmented reality" is sure to be a larger distraction than texting, I'm sure that this will result in more Darwin awards (or runners-up or honorable mentions).
while I scorn that (...) idea as much as you, neither of us are venture capitalists. Segway was a business gamble and so is investment in ANY, even the vaguest idea (or even "I have no idea" idea). You invest a couple of millions here, a couple of billions there, and generally, one of those crazy ideas or non-ideas take off and Homo "Sapiens" becomes hooked (facebook, etc.) and you reap your profit. Would you mind investing a couple of pennies here and there, hoping to get a few grand in return? Wouldn't you play the lottery for 1 p. when you can reap a million?
I was wondering about that, you get a hopeless but nebulous sounding company, stuff a truckload of cash into it and put some of your cronies, friends or relations on the board for huge salaries then do nothing for a year or two then it collapses so you can write the entire "investment" off against tax and some of your cronies, friends or relations have got rich.
I envisage. I create paradigm shifts. Virtual technicals become concept realities. I create paradigm shifted futures where the art of the possible meet the landscape of tomorrows.
Yep - that should be enough meaningless ballocks to sell it to people with too much money and not enough brains. I can haz Billions too?
"Magic Leap is going beyond the current perception of mobile computing, augmented reality, and virtual reality. We are transcending all three, and will revolutionize the way people communicate, purchase, learn, share and play."
With that statement alone I bet the company folds within 18 months!
It looks like the technology is going to be something to do with this patent application, which was published on 9 October 2014 (US equivalent published a week later): WO2014/164901
Title: "SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY"
Claim 1: A user display device, comprising:
a housing frame mountable on a head of a user;
a first pair of cameras coupled to the housing frame to track a movement of the user's eyes and to estimate a depth of focus based on the tracked eye movements; a projection module having a light generating mechanism to generate and modify, based on the estimated depth of focus, a projected light associated with a display object such that the display object appears to be in focus;
a lens mounted on the housing frame; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the projection module to communicate data associated with the display image to the projection module.
Also, this one: WO2012/154620, titled: "MASSIVE SIMULTANEOUS REMOTE DIGITAL PRESENCE WORLD"
See Eden of the East. (Anime)
Then read William Gibson's Virtual light.
There's more, but talk about prior art.
Now all you need to do is to use blue tooth to connect your virtual glasses to the cpu unit located somewhere on your person. Use some sort of blue tooth communication to tie glasses, shirts/jackets etc.. to contain things like wi-fi, GPS-A units, etc. ..
Retina scanning lasers, selective pass-through, transmitting cameras and mesh to other users etc. all help to produce a convincing illusion. It reminds me of the first showing to a cinema audience of a film by the Lumiere brothers in 1895 of a steam train coming into a station. It is said that members of the audience ran from the cinema in terror. As you say, seeing is believing......