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Magic Leap: just why is this super secretive tech company valued at $4.5 billion?

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Ralph Philbrick
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Until people get their hands on it, the photonics chip remains a mystery.

There are some subtle differences between mixed and augmented realities, with the latter tending to lay stuff onto surroundings while the former mixes the person into them.

I watched miniature humans wrestle each other on a real tabletop, almost like a Star Wars holographic chess game.

The focus on fun means the headset is closer to the Oculus VR than Microsoft s HoloLens, which has been demoed doing work-focused tasks.

Facebook, which bought Oculus for $2 billion last year, has been promoting VR heavily and Google announced a new platform for the technology at its I/O 2016 keynote event, which was held this week.

Ultimately, Magic Leap s secrecy means no one can accurately judge the technology without trying it, and the world is unlikely to see it anytime soon.

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