Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz participated in a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session last week and his answers revealed some of the virtual reality company’s lofty ambitions. The startup raised some $542 million last year to engineer a pair of chunky sports sunglasses that can make virtual objects appear in a real life setting, a technique called “cinematic reality.” Abovitz believes that Magic Leap’s computing technology could eventually replace the other screens in our daily lives, including those on smartphones.
Magic Leap’s technology is not like the typical stereoscopic 3D technology used in popular VR headsets like Oculus Rift. Instead of trying to trick your eyes into seeing 3D images, Magic Leap tries to mimic the same way that natural light enters the eye. The method gives users a better image with less headaches. Abovitz even said that stereoscopic technology so close to a user’s eye is unsafe.
However, Magic Leap’s technology is safe enough to be used for everyday computing. According to Re/code, the company believes that people will want to use the product more than their cellphones. Magic Leap is already working on some non-entertainment uses for everybody from app and game developers to major directors and visionaries.
Developers may be able to get their first glimpse of the device this year. The company wants to make a modest pair of sunglasses to transmit the images, but for now, the prototype involves a clunky scaffolding around the user’s head, according to MIT Technology Review.