Princess Leia’s hologram message to Obi-Wan is becoming closer to reality, at least augmented reality.
Magic Leap announced yesterday that they’ve agreed to get Belgian startup Mimesys. The team has been working on attracting Star video calls also it seems that the Florida AR startup liked what they were growing. We did not get any details on offer terms\.
The staff is linking Magic Leap but may continue to support their enterprise customers, such as BNP Paribas and Orange, in accordance with their site. The startup first showed their video conferencing tech at CES this year, which enables anyone at a Magic Leap Only headset to visualize a 3D representation of a person during a”video” call.
(*)Volumetric video can be rather fickle; the answer Mimesys was going after relied on Intel’s RealSense thickness cameras to accumulate and stitch footage on PCs locally then stream it to a user’s headset. As is the case with nearly all volumetric video footage, Mimesys’ early work appeared to suffer from a noisiness, although this acquisition makes you wonder whether Magic Leap will wind up producing their own \thickness camera hardware to appeal to enterprise clients.
It appears that virtually every new platform claims to revolutionize video calls and yet hangups continue since it’s one of the more high-bandwidth tasks we frequently do. Since you’re sending live 3D footage of individuals throughout the internet 23, this is only likely to be more difficult in AR. Just like much of what Magic Leap is asserting, the feasibility of pulling this off probably relies in no small part on 5G proliferating.