While many of the latest content partnerships announced by Magic Leap focus on entertainment and gaming, a new partnership with medical technology provider Brainlab Magic Leap has led to a more serious business.
Enterprises have reached an exclusivity agreement in which Brainlab will adapt its medical software capabilities such as data management, cloud computing and data visualization to Magic Leap One and market the hardware and software combination to physicians, surgeons and other healthcare professionals. The partnership is also open to third-party developers developing interesting applications for surgery, radiotherapy and other medical fields.
"The combination of Brainlab and Magic Leap can help physicians improve the quality of interventional solutions," said Rony Abovitz, founder and CEO of Magic Leap, in a statement. "Together, we hope to positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world."
Initially, the Brainlab and Magic Leap solution simulates minimally invasive radiological procedures in office environments, with future versions extending the capabilities of operating theaters, radiotherapy treatment rooms, intensive care units, and radiology suites. Ultimately, everything in the field of management, visualization, enlargement and navigation of medical image data is fair play.
"Truly unique and the first of its kind, our operating system will enable anyone to integrate multi-dimensional virtual data into real-world clinical workflows, precision, productivity and an intuitive user experience," said Stefan Vilsmeier, founder and CEO of Brainlab. "We will use mixed reality and machine learning to capture vital data that will enable physicians to optimize their procedures for each patient."
Although augmented reality can potentially positively impact virtually any profession, healthcare is one area complex imaging data in 3D can be particularly useful to help practitioners actually save lives. We have already seen the HoloLens, which used to be used in surgery and other medical practices, so Magic Leap should be suitable for this task.
In other Magic Leap News, the company has released Lumin SDK 0.17 and Lumin OS 0.92. The former is now available through the Magic Leap Package Manager. The latter will be shared with users over the next few days through an over-the-air update, but impatient owners of Magic Leap One can now download the update through the Creator Portal.
Along with some improvements and bugfixes the updates brings an interesting addition to the Interaction Toolkit called IX Walker. With this new feature, users can capture spatial experiences from the Magic Leap One frame by frame and play from the perspective of a third person.
A complete list of changes and features is available to Registered Creators via the Creator Portal