Just months after previewing the advanced features of Mimesys for volumetric videoconferencing, the company has changed radically – it's now part of Magic Leap.
On Thursday, Magic Leap announced the acquisition of the Belgian company. Startup, which allows Magic Leap One users to participate in real-time conference calls using volumetrically captured avatars that represent their real body.
"Expanding the data processing ecosystem helps us integrate a world-class communication and collaboration solution. Further fulfilling the promise of the next computer platform," said Omar Khan, Magic Leap's chief product officer, in a statement.
"The space co-presence platform created by the Mimesys team is remarkable and we look forward to having it as ours. We look forward to further expanding the tools for co-presence and collaboration on the Magic Leap platform. "The invention of the last 30 years is now technically possible.
If you follow Magic Leap, you already know that the company offers an augmented reality app called Avatar Chat that gives users the ability to hold virtual meetings. However, Avatar Chat uses simplified 3D avatars that give the app a more playful look than anything designed for serious reviews.
Mimesys uses the kind of virtual meetings Spatial has been working on with 3D avatars that look like you and that are optimized by volumetrically capturing real images of the user to give the virtual conference an even more realistic feel.
In the past, discussion of this type of solution often referred to the old Star Wars moment in which Princess Leia transmitted a holographic message about R2D2.
But with spatial arithmetic, that's not so relevant, therefore, a better cinematic metaphor would be the scene in the movie Marvel 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier in which Robert Redford features a room full of holographic represented councilors meets members around the room. During the scene, each member maintains eye contact with Redford, indicating spatial awareness in the fictional holographic system.
Mimesys is working to make this kind of Hollywood science-fiction meeting about Magic Leap One a reality.
"Communication concepts that have been featured in science fiction films over the last 30 years are now becoming technically feasible," said Remi Rousseau, CEO of Mimesys, in a statement.
"We had a chance to work with Magic Leap Space technology was impressed with its technology early on and excited about the opportunities for co-presence on the platform, and we are delighted to join the Magic Leap family to integrate the co-presence technologies into their space computer platform. "
] The terms of the Magic Leap deal have not been announced, but the startup has a relatively small team, and the startup round of funding was announced in 2016 $ 1 million, so this deal is unlikely to hurt the Magic Leaps multi-billion dollar funding arsenal.
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