Magic Leap’s Next Move? Bringing C-3PO to Your House

Posted June 17th 2016


via Wired

You’re used to C-3PO being diplomatic and prissy, wringing his droid hands over any and every little setback. You’re used to him sticking close to R2-D2. What you’re probably not used to, though, is him doing all of those things in your living room. But thanks to a new partnership between secretive VR start-up Magic Leap and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, that’s just what you might get.

The partnership, which Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz announced today at WIRED Business Conference in New York City, pairs the mixed-reality company with what might be Lucasfilm’s most forward-looking division: xLab formed last year in order to create experiences for immersive platforms like virtual/augmented/mixed reality. And together, they’ll be developing Star Wars-related content for Magic Leap’s much-discussed (and still mostly unrevealed) technology.

Neither company will officially acknowledge any specific experiences, or even when Magic Leap’s technology will be available to consumers. But a video that Abovitz premiered at the conference explores one possible early application. Where the other Magic Leap teases have concentrated on desktop replacement or spectacle, this one just happens to feature two iconic characters from the world’s best-known fictional universe. And yes, they’re talking to you. Not only are they in your world, but you’re clearly in theirs.