Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz and NBA commissioner Adam Silver revealed arrangements to bring Turner-based NBA content to Magic Leap equipment, like their AR goggles. They plan to cast virtual screens in front of a person’s face with the goggles. Basically, a hologram.
The plans indicate that Magic Leap’s tech holds more value than just vaporware. They value the potential content that can be displayed on their devices. Abovitz praises volumetric video, a way of recording video as 3D objects and scenes. He believes the format will be live-streamed within a short amount of time, and that the cameras will phase out traditional broadcast cameras.
Abovitz spoke with The Verge about the new technology and said that within “two to five years,” it will be possible to watch an NBA game (or something else) through the goggles, in a holographic, interactive form.
“You can stream over the top and to the screens, the virtual screens — you can do that now. We’re looking at, how do you derive the information to move the volumetric stuff from that? And then, how do you do volumetric live streaming as well … if you time where processing power is going, particularly backends, you’re single-digit years away from that happening.”
Abovitz said his plans require multiple fixed camera sensors placed around a venue in order to attain success. Instead of using “30 big TV cameras shooting from different angles,” broadcasters would implement smaller, super high-resolution cameras to send the data to a backend computing stack.
“[It will] move from standard 2D television broadcasting to full volumetric capture. That’s probably going to take a decade before you see it happening across multiple sports and news, but you’ll see early adopters.”
Abovitz presents an option that requires more computational power. He also proposes setting up everyday spaces with the cameras, which will get people to buy the headsets. The CEO claimed that the benefits of partnering with a sports league are that it owns a physical space, allowing for production to go smoothly.
Abovitz also said more about how apps on Magic Leap’s goggles and its own operating system will work, claiming that the number of interactions on the developer version of the goggles is “insanely large.” The system can interpret commands from someone’s head, eyes, voice, gestures, and a physical control, he said, which developers can currently customize. “Because it’s the creator edition [of the goggles], if you want to blink twice and use your voice, we’re not stopping you.”
App badges will also appear in volumetric format on the app launcher, and by just looking at the icon, a preview of the app will be shown, whether it’s “an NBA experience, a Mario Kart, or whatever it is you want to do,” he said.
[via The Verge]