Just a few months after we previewed the expanded reality, Mimysy's volumetric video conferencing, the company has undergone a major change – it's now part of Magic Leap.
On Thursday, Magic Leap announced the acquisition of the Belgium-based startup that allows Magic Leap One users to engage in real-time telepresence conference calls using voluminously captured avatars representing their real bodies.
"As we expand the physical computing ecosystem, we help integrate a best in class communication and collaboration solution continue to fulfill the promise of the next computer platform," said Omar Khan, Magic Leap's lead producer, in a statement.
"The spatial presence platform Mimesys team has created is remarkable and we are proud to have them as part of our team. We look forward to a further expansion of collaboration and collaboration tools on the Magic Leap platform."
Those who follow Magic Leap already know that the company offers an expanded reality app called Avatar Chat that allows users to hold virtual meetings. However, Avatar Chat uses simplified 3D avatars that give the app more of a game-like feel than is intended for serious meetings.
What Mimesys is doing is to take the type of virtual meeting that Dynamic Spatial has been working on, which uses 3D avatars that resemble you and ramps it up by capturing the actual image of the user volumetrically to give the virtual conference an even more realistic feeling.
Historically, people refer to this type of solution, often as the old Star Wars moment when Princess Leia delivers a holographic message via R2D2.
But with spatial computing, it is no longer as relevant, so a better cinematic metaphor would be the scene in 2014 Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier where Robert Redford meets a room full of holographically represented council members who is located around the room. During the stage, each member maintains eye contact with Redford, indicating spatial awareness in the fictitious holographic system.
What Mimesys is working on, brings that kind of Hollywood sci-fi meeting into reality via Magic Leap One.
"Concepts of communication represented in science fiction over the past 30 years become technically feasible," said Remi Rousseau, CEO of Mimesys, in a statement.
"We got the chance to work with Magic Leap spatial technology early was impressed by its technology and excited by the possibilities of being born on the platform. We are proud to be part of the Magic Leap family and integrate innate technologies into its spatial platform. " The terms of the Magic Leap agreement were not revealed, but the start-up has a fairly small team and its free-round is reported as $ 1 million back in 2016, so this deal is not likely to make a big dent in Magic Leap foot
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