Abovitz appeared at Recode’s Code Media conference alongside NBA commissioner Adam Silver to announce that live basketball games will be streamed to the company’s headset. Play will be captured as volumetric video, giving viewers the ability to move around the court and choose whatever viewing angle they like.
The presentation even included a video of retired NBA player and current basketball analyst Shaquille O’Neal, who showed off his own Magic Leap headset and enthused about his own experience watching games on the glasses, calling it “the most amazing thing.”
In a follow-up interview with The Verge, Abovitz stated that this method of streaming live NBA games will be available within the next two to five years.
Volumetric video uses multiple cameras to produce an image with depth, which isn’t too far removed from the standard broadcasting set-up at a sporting event. This could make NBA games a perfect proving ground for Magic Leap’s technology.
Yesterday, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz and NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced plans to eventually bring Turner-owned NBA content to Magic Leap’s elusive AR goggles, by casting virtual screens in front of a wearer’s face through the goggles. It wasn’t an earth-shattering announcement, but it was an indication that Magic Leap’s tech could be more than billion-dollar vaporware, and that the company is thinking about the kind of content needed to convince people to wear light-field face computers.
What’s more interesting is that Abovitz believes volumetric video — a way of capturing video as 3D objects and scenes — will be live-streamed to people’s faces within a relatively short period of time, and that the kind of cameras used to make…
While Magic Leap has largely remained cagey about its augmented reality – nay, it’s apparently ‘Spatial computing’ – headsets, we now know a little more about what the company’s been working on, as CEO Rony Abovitz was recently on stage at the Code Media conference spilling the beans, or at least, some of them. The Florida-based firm is hoping to launch its goggles, handheld controller and CD-player-sized wearable computer sometime this year, and it’ll come in a range of sizes to suit heads large and small. There will also be a mid-range Magic Leap One for creators. You can expect…
Lightfield-display technology company Magic Leap is partnering with the NBA to create digital basketball games that people can watch through its goggles – whenever it is that people are able to get their hands on said goggles, which have been years in the works and are supposed to ship this year.
In a video showed on stage at Recode’s Code Media conference earlier today, retired NBA star and current NBA analyst Shaq was seen wearing a pair of Magic Leap glasses and vouched for the product. “When I went to Magic Leap, I watched a full court game right here,” Shaq said in the video, gesturing towards the empty space on his right. “Lebron was right here. Then I went over here [gesturing to his left] and watched Atlantic play the LA…
Abovitz will be live on Feb. 13 from Recode’s Code Media conference.
Rony Abovitz, the founder, president and CEO of Magic Leap, will be live from Recode’s Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 3:40 pm PT / 6:40 pm ET.
Abovitz runsone of the most-buzzed-about — and secretive — technology startups in years. Abovitz says his company has created a game-changing augmented reality technology — he calls it “spatial computing” — that can revolutionize gaming, movies and much more. After years of work and billions in funding from the likes of Google and Alibaba, he has promised to start shipping devices this year.