It's fair to say that Magic Leap hasn't had the best few months in headlines, with word that it's struggling to shrink its augmented reality tech down, but after some comments from one of the few who have experienced it eyes-on, we're back to salivation levels.
Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala spoke to Cnet about his demo with the mystery tech, and though he couldn't say a lot due to a very large NDA hanging over his head, he did give us a taste.
Iguodala described having a character stand on his hand, which he compared to Apple's Siri, suggesting this was some sort of AR personal assistant. Also interesting was that he described controlling smart home devices such as light switches just by using his eyes.
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A recently leaked image of the Magic Leap prototype revealed something concerningly like a Ghostbusters Proton Pack, and less like the svelte glasses we had hoped for. Leap CEO Rony Abovitz tried to put fears to rest at the time, and Iguodala has also now helped allay them. "The actual device is so small, that when it's going to come to market, it's almost like you have a pair of sunglasses on," he said.
Talking about other possibilities, he went on, "I could throw an 80-inch screen TV on the wall and see the TV," but it's not clear if this is something he actually did in the demo or just his mind thinking of other possibilities.
Of course, that doesn't definitely answer the question of whether Magic Leap can make its dream an augmented reality, but all signs are good, and we know it can't be long now.
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