Lucasfilm has announced a partnership with the mysterious augmented reality company Magic Lab. As part of that announcement, the companies released a video which shows how Star Wars' droid duo, C3PO and R2-D2, could be placed inside a real room with Magic Leap's technology.
The YouTube video shows the two droids entering a room. R2-D2 then extends his probe and seems to create a hologram of stormtroopers outside Tatooine on a table in the room. Finally, holographic space ships seem to fly around the droids. The video says it was created with Magic Leap's technology, with no assistance from outside special effects.
The partnership was announced at the Wired Business Conference in New York City. Wired reports that Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB and Magic Leap are currently working in "semi-secret" at ILM's headquarters in San Francisco:
"I've spent 24 years at ILM, but I cannot recall anything that looks or feels like this," says Vicki Dobbs Beck, xLab's executive in charge. "I've never seen anything where we'll be innovating on both a creative and technological level in such close proximity."
Magic Leap has raised over $1 billion so far in funding, but the company has been highly secretive about its augmented reality tech on how it works, when it will be released to the public and in what kind of form factor.