Tech startups are stealthy by nature, and they have to be if they want to maintain a competitive advantage that keeps larger tech organisations at bay. The one loophole in this cloak of darkness resides in the fact that they still have to file patents with mandatory disclosure dates.
Unfortunately for them Patent news website declassified.com has identified this anomaly and has exploited it to reveal some very interesting products and innovations that will soon make world news headlines.
9 months after its registration, Declassified announced a very unique patent application from Magic Leap – aimed to show you what half a billion dollars worth of Google funding gets you in the way of cutting edge augmented reality technology.
Depicted in the 200 page manuscript is a sleek visor that looks and performs like something out of a sci-fi movie – “The pioneering design resolves several of the biggest logistical challenges of augmented reality and looks good doing it”. This revolutionary product is very likely going to become the future of immersive digital experiences.
What makes this technology so special is its shift away from bulky competitors like the Microsoft Hololens (which uses overhanging projector technology). This patent would suggest that because the frame of the product only runs upto the eyebrow appose to the forehead – the imaging component is embedded in the lens itself. This is a huge leap forward and starts to give an understanding as to why Google are so excited about the technology.
“Light is transmitted into the wearers eyes at 60 frames per second through a sophisticated array of adjustable reflectors strategically positioned at different angles to provide an artificially wide field of view.”
“The mirrors are made up of an electro reactive material called lithium niobate commonly used in fiber optic networks that can change its brightness to allow for realistic coloration”.
According to the patent, the system places the graphics in 3dimensional space through a high-speed mechanical adjuster that can reposition the mirrors to curve the light projected into the users eye, in a way that creates a much more life like illusion of distance than its competitors.
The system uses an “expansion pupil” to buffer the light before it reaches the users eye, allowing it to magnify the display and allow them to move their attention between objects scattered at different distances. A motion blur is applied to complete the realistic look of the augmented view.
The system is loaded with sensors, accelerometers, microphones and cameras that allows the user to interact with the environment with a wide array of possibilities. The input to the device will be streamed to a local controller that fits into the users pocket or inside a helmet.
Already this system is shaping up to be a real disrupter in the augmented technology market, but with Microsoft well on the way to delivery, will it be too late?
Alternativley check out the video of the Magic Leap and be amazed by it’s brilliance.