The latest move from secretive mixed-reality firm Magic Leap could one day let you step directly into the Star Wars universe without ever leaving your home.
Revealed today at the Wired Business Conference in New York City, Magic Leap has paired up with Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB to create Star Wars experiences for the mysterious technology.
In a video demonstrating the concept, C-3PO and R2-D2 interact with the wearer as if they’re really in the room – and they’re all being hunted by stormtroopers.
The partnership was announced by Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz, Wired reports, though neither Magic Leap or ILMxLAB have revealed any specifics regarding the technology.
It’s still unclear when the mixed-reality headset will be available, or what it will look like.
But, the video provides the latest glimpse at its capabilities.
‘Might I have a word with you please?’ C-3PO asks in the new video, shot through the Magic Leap technology.
‘I regret to report that due to unforeseen circumstances we have not reached the desired arrangement with Jabba the Hut regarding Captain Solo’s debt.’
In the video, the characters appear to be standing right in the room with the wearer, and actively engaging as though they exist in real life.
A small Millennium Falcon makes a cameo as well, before shooting into hyperspace, and holographic X-Wings are seen flying in pursuit of (or escaping) the stormtroopers.
WATCH STAR WARS HOLOGRAM
This comes just days after it was revealed that Florida-based Magic Leap has been issued a patent for a VR headset, which looks like it would be at home on the head of an X-Wing pilot.
Unlike VR, where the user is fully immersed in the visual display, the firm’s mixed reality is more similar to augmented reality, such as Microsoft’s Hololens.
The patent, awarded this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office, doesn’t give much away, other than a few initial sketches of the headset from different angles.
There are no shots of anyone wearing the headset, but it looks odd – almost like an X-Wing helmet from Star Wars (with a few parts missing).
In a demo released by Magic Leap in April, the firm offered a glimpse into what the mixed reality technology could offer.
Shot through the view of the Magic Leap technology, the video shows how the headset can bring typically screen-based tasks to life before the user’s eyes.
From a moving 3D model of Mount Everest to jellyfish drifting through the air, the tech has promise to revolutionise computing – but no one really knows what it will look like yet.
The headset design which emerged last week offers a clue as to what a potential product might look like.
However, as with all patents, at this very early stage it remains to be seen whether the designs will make it to the production line, let alone be worn by users.
In the demo video, smartphone notifications and a number of graphs can be seen projected at eye-level.
As a message pops up in the notification window, the user can view the item and click an attachment to open up files.
In one example, the demonstration shows the Magic Leap user open up a project about Mt. Everest, which has moving features and even audio.
Last year, a 2014 patent filed by Magic Leap chief executive Rony Abovitz emerged to show how the headset could look and function.
The patent features a total of 180 pages and drawings detailing the look, functionality and uses for the device. In terms of design, the headset in the patent resembles skiing goggles, connected to a battery pack.