Magic Leap buys Belgian startup building hologram teleconferencing software

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Princess Leia’s hologram message to Obi-Wan is getting nearer to reality, at the very least augmented reality.

Magic Leap announced yesterday that they’ve agreed to accumulate Belgian startup Mimesys. The staff has been working on bringing Star Wars-esque volumetric video calls to the Magic Leap platform, and plainly the Florida AR startup favored what they have been creating. We didn’t get any details on deal phrases.

The group is becoming a member of Magic Leap but will proceed to service their enterprise shoppers, including BNP Paribas and Orange, based on their website. The startup first showed off their video conferencing tech at CES this yr, which permits somebody in a Magic Leap One headset to visualize a 3D illustration of an individual during a “video” name.

Volumetric video might be pretty fickle; the answer Mimesys has been going after relied on Intel’s RealSense depth cameras to collect and stitch footage on PCs regionally then stream it to a consumer’s headset. As is the case with virtually all volumetric video footage, Mimesys’ early work appeared to endure from some noisiness, although this acquisition makes one ponder whether Magic Leap will end up creating their very own exterior depth digital camera hardware to attraction to enterprise clients.

It appears that evidently virtually every new platform guarantees to revolutionize video calls and but hangups continue because it’s one of the extra high-bandwidth activities we often do. That is solely going to be harder in AR because you’re sending reside 3D footage of individuals by means of the web tubes. Like much of what Magic Leap is promising, the feasibility of pulling this off probably relies in no small half on 5G tech proliferating.