Magic Leap and AVT
What is Magic Leap?
Magic leap is a wearable spatial computer, that uses augmented and mixed reality to allow the user to combine the real and virtual worlds. It has a myriad of practical uses for both personal and professional means. AVT Simulation is gaining a better understanding of its seemingly limitless possibilities.
The Magic Leap uses what they call a “Lightpack”, which is a pocket-sized computer with enough computing power, storage, and memory to run all the apps one could ever need. More specifically, the Lightpack contains 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and an NVIDIA 256 Cuda Graphics card. The system runs at 1.7 GHz processing speeds with 64-bit architecture and 6-core CPU design. It can remain active for three and a half hours of battery life, or seven whole days of inactivity in its sleep mode.
The Lightpack runs off the Lumin Operating System allowing it to read a room’s spatial measurements, including corners, edges, and surfaces. The Lightpack powers the entire system, creating high-fidelity graphics that appear as characters, objects, and data from a distance of 14.6 inches to as far as the human eye can see. The Lumin OS also allows apps and images to be projected and permanently placed anywhere, so you can watch a virtually projected movie on your living room wall and not have to worry about altering the screen when you go to get popcorn.
Magic Leap uses a pair of goggles called “Lightwear”, dubbed by its light-weight frame much like the Lightpack. The goggles weigh in at only 316 grams, about the same as an average set of over-the-ear headphones. Speaking of which, it also includes high-definition special audio for three-dimensional, realistic sound. They have a fifty-degree field of vision utilizing 1.3 million pixels per eye and 16.8 million colors. Also, for those who wear glasses, there is an easily accessible slot for prescription lenses.
Inside Lightwear are many sensors that use spatial recognition and infrared technology. Magic Leap’s sensors include head, eye, and hand tracking. The head tracking allows the user to look around and have the virtual environment accurately adjust, the eye-tracking enables virtual characters to react to eye movements, and the hand tracking allows for interaction with the virtual objects and characters. The Magic Leap’s tracking is so accurate a digital person can shake your hand while keeping eye contact. Virtual interview practice anyone?
A handheld controller is also included with the Magic Leap. It has six hours of battery life, haptic feedback, and a track-pad, making it sure to satisfy any user. Without it, the user’s interaction with the virtual world would be much more limited and the tactile sense would not be incorporated, making that handshake much less meaningful.
A virtual interview would be interesting and helpful; however, it hardly fulfills the potential of the Magic Leap. Entertainment and personal tasks are possible uses of Magic Leap, but there is so much more. The magic leap can be used for many functions including, but not limited to, architecture, interior design, construction, easy measuring, and most importantly, training in education, maintenance, and procedures.
Whether it is a small child or a grown adult, Magic Leap can help teach them. Training is an important part of ensuring our future professionals know what they are doing and are safe in doing it. This is especially important in high-risk career fields like medicine or the military. Magic Leap can help doctors explore the human body without the exposure of a corpse or practice a difficult surgical procedure without the risk of losing a patient. In the military aspect, Magic Leap can help Warfighters run intense drills under fire while not actually being in any real danger. It can also be used in maintenance training for highly expensive machines, or vehicles that cannot be taken out of commission or would be too expensive to buy simply for training purposes
You may be wondering “Why is AVT running an ad campaign for Magic Leap?” We are not. AVT is researching AR/MR and Magic Leap to further our understanding of what could be made possible and how we can use this cutting-edge technology in our realistic simulators and devices. We here at AVT strive to be constantly reaching from good to great. Which is why we must think outside of the box and branch out to new tech. Magic Leap is a tool that can be used in the development of newer, better simulators. If you want to learn more, check the section below and sign up for one of our courses!
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