Magic Leap has announced its plans to open up its AR platform to developers including game developers, film makers along with others to support development on its virtual reality platform. CEO Rony Abovitz along with other members of Magic Leap’s team made the announcement on today at MIT’s EmTech Digital conference, that their company is adding third party support to its software development kit (SDK).
“We’re about having a completely open platform for every app developer, artist, writer, and film maker,” said Abovitz. “We’re going to open it up for the world.”
Interested developers can now sign-up via the company’s website to get access to the company’s SDK, which notably will be compatible with Unity and Unreal gaming engines.
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Magic Leap caught the tech world’s attention last year when it announced that its received a massive investment of $542 million from Google and other top firms. Meanwhile, the company only showcased last month what it had up its sleeves, with a demo showing off how one can play a first person shooter sitting in their office.
However, today the company gave a better picture as to how it plans to bring AR in our everyday lives.
“Using our Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal™, imagine being able to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real world…Imagine you being one of the first to help transform the world forever. For the time being, we’re being a little tight-lipped in what we’re communicating publicly, but under the appropriate non-disclosures, we’d love to talk possibilities,” writes MagicLeap on its developer website.
The company has already begun spending part of the investment it received to construct a 300,000 square feet pilot manufacturing facility in Florida for its “photonic lightfield chip”, confirms Abovitz. This particular chip is used to power its augmented reality headset that shoots light patterns directly onto the eye of the AR headset’s wearer. According to the company, AR technology merges digital imagery into the real world to such an extent that its hard to distinguish what is really real.
“Imagine what experiences you could create if you had this ability,” says Magic Leap. “Imagine how this would completely transform how people interact with both the digital and real-worlds. Imagine you being one of the first to help transform the world forever.”
However, those who had the chance to witness this technology did mention that this technology is years away to reach consumers.
Do check out the latest trailer from Magicleap below: