Hang out with R2-D2 in your living roomA partnership between Lucasfilm and Magic Leap brings C-3PO and R2-D2 to your home in a mixed-reality experience.
C-3PO and R2-D2 in your living room. Magic leap announced it is working together with Lucasfilm to produce Star Wars related content. What exactly that content is neither Magic Leap nor Lucasfilm is saying. Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz says the two are working together in a semi-secret lab. If you haven't heard of magic leap, it's a tech company that specializes in mixed reality. Mixed reality is now the term for interacting with 3D computer generated objects that are integrated with real world objects. You got that? In the demo video, C3P0 talks to the viewer about Han Solo's debt with Jabba the Hutt. R2D2 then projects a map onto a real table in the room. On the bottom of the video, it says, shot directly through Magic Leaf technology. No special effects or compositing were used in the creation of this video. This isn't the first video showing off Magic Leaf's technology. Back in April, a demo of a 3D virtual desktop made the rounds Okay, so this is all very cool, but when will we be able to interact with Magic Leap's mixed reality? Great question. So far that information is not public. Apart from those people working directly with Magic Leap, no one has seen the hardware that lets you see these amazing mixed reality scenes. What we do know is that Magic Leap uses light-field technology similar to that of the Lytro camera. That camera lets you take a picture, then choose an area to focus on after the image was taken. Magic Leap's product may allow you to see depth and let you choose to focus on different computer generated images. Anybody else feel like Philip J. Fry right now? Shut up and take my money! Anyway I'm Iyaz Akhtar and you can keep up with the hottest tech news at cnet.com/update.