Google had just launched its ill-fated Glass headset in 2012 when Benjamin Dickinson started writing the script for “Creative Control,” his film about a new augmented reality device. Amazon Studios, the e-commerce giant’s content arm, bought the rights to the movie last fall.
The gadget in the film, called Augmenta, is a lot more futuristic than Glass. When Dickinson and his friend Jake Lodwick, the co-founder of Vimeo, were inventing the product, they tried to create something way beyond the state of the market back then.
Only four years later, Dickinson tells Business Insider, he’s surprised by how close startups like Magic Leap and Meta are coming to his vision.
In an advertisment for the fictional product, the narrator describes Augmenta as a “a layer of magic in front of your eyes”:
The add feels quite similar to the descriptions you see on Magic Leap’s site today:
Dickinson says that he’s screened the movie for both Google and Meta employees, with positive response, despite the film’s rather dystopian take on technology’s potential for emotional distortion and isolation.
He and co-star Reggie Watts even got to try out Meta’s demo product several weeks ago, and he said that it felt really similar to what he imagined with Augmenta. Meta’s augmented reality headset currently looks like a chunky visor, but it wants to put the technology into smaller and smaller forms.
“It’s coming fast,” Dickinson says. “[The Meta team] was saying that for what they have going on to be like in the movie — like a pair of glasses — it would be five years away. So, we’ll see.”
Magic Leap hasn’t given public demos like Meta has, but the company has hinted that its product will be as subtle as Augmenta.
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