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How Magic Leap Is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality

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"We are keeping a bit of a low profile as we are busy at work building something that we think will be pretty cool (and we hope that you will think so too)," wrote Magic Leap in 2011.

What changed?I don't know what prompted the shift, but if I had to hazard a guess: Rony Abovitz probably ran into Eric Seibel from the University of Washington.

For well over a decade, Professor Seibel had been developing an awesome new endoscope that uses a single optical fiber to safely see into tinier crevices in the human body than ever before. Using a piezoelectric to vibrate the tip of the fiber in a spiral pattern, it "scans" a much higher resolution image than you'd normally expect. And it's just the sort of tool that a medical robotics company like Abovitz's MAKO Surgical might consider using.

What does that have to do augmented reality, though? Well, if you're already firing light down a vibrating optical fiber in a spiral pattern to form an image, that exact same system can double asa fiber optic projector. And that's where things get interesting.

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