Magic Leap's Patents are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

By Darren Orf on at

To say we're excited about the augmented reality company Magic Leap would be putting it mildly. As one of the most intriguing secrets in not just wearables or augmented reality, but really all of technology, Magic Leap is a secret you can piece together with a lot with rumours and hearsay, but questions still remain. However, if these recently published patents are any indication, the Magic Leap future will be a crazy one.

Posted on the US Patent & Trademark Office website on Thursday, these patents are interesting if only for the fact that they give us at least some idea what Magic Leap is thinking in terms of its AR interface. The patents cover possible leisure, commercial, medical and fitness applications for the proposed headset (pictured above). They are pretty out there. Let's take a tour.

Magic Leap's Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

Here's a look at how AR could turn our hands into controllers. I like that "productivity" is the middle finger.

Magic Leap's Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

In the future, everything is a game. Chopping a cucumber can be a game...

Magic Leap's Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

....and so can mowing the lawn...

Magic Leap's Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

...and going grocery shopping. "Gerald was hiding behind cucumbers?" Enough. With. The. Cucumbers.

Magic Leap's Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

It will bring us all into a new world of gesture-based laziness.

Magic Leap's Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

It could also help patients better understand their health.

Magic Leap's Patents Are a Crazy Vision of the Augmented Reality Future

Monsters might also burst out from behind big-box shelving. Wow, what a future!

Although these are patents and every single patent should be consumed with a healthy dose of "I'll believe it when I see it" scepticism, a developer model of Magic Leap's headset may not be that far off.

According to Business Insider, multiple sources say that a developer version could be available in about a year. So whether or not all of this really play out like these surreal black-and-white images, who's to say. But it's a safe bet that the future is so bright, you'll have to wear shades.

But no seriously, you'll have to wear glasses. AR won't work without them. [Business Insider/The Verge]