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Ready for Magic!

One good reason why I had never heard of them was because they were operating in stealth mode. Really.

Then Google went and invested more than half a billion dollars in the company, and all of a sudden, it made the news. This happened less than a month ago.  But it’s still not completely clear what they make. By design.

Magic Leap came to my attention this week when someone sent me a link to their website. No doubt, we will be hearing more and more about this very cool company as it starts revealing itself to the public.

Just check out this video first, then read on.  The video is from the Magic Leap homepage.

Yes, it’s magical.  And it’s just a teaser.

Magic Leap Video Link Image

Click on the image to watch Magic Leap!

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I can see technologists frothing at the mouth – even if they don’t fully understand what’s up.

Is it virtual reality?  Is it augmented reality? Or is it a combination of the three – with the third one being human reality?

Is it the next best thing? The disrupter of disrupters?

If you are anything like me when it comes to cool technology, and you have even a bit of the curiosity I did when I peeked into their website, you will join me in the quest for more knowledge. I have a feeling that I will be reading and learning whatever I can and keeping my eyes open for their announcements.

Go on. What are you waiting for? Check out their website.  And wipe that froth, won’t you?

Remember, you (likely) heard it here first.

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You can start with these – a couple of good reference articles below:

From Fast Company:

“SO BADASS YOU CAN’T BELIEVE IT” MAGIC LEAP RAISES $542 MILLION TO LAUNCH THE FUTURE OF COMPUTING

AN AMBITIOUS, STEALTHY STARTUP RECRUITS GOOGLE, QUALCOMM, AND VC AND HOLLYWOOD A-LISTERS TO BUILD NEXT-GEN AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY.

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Are you a Facebook hater?

Are you a facebook hater? Do you look down your nose at fb users?

Here are quotes from a few (of many, many,many!) people who enjoy skewering facebook. Maybe you are like one or more of them?

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“I want to make a Facebook account and the name will be Nobody so when I see stupid crap people post, I can Like it. And it will say Nobody Likes This.”  ― Jason Hendeles

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“Friendship is something to be achieved over years of deep and intimate connection, not by clicking on a small picture and requesting it.” ― Ivo Quartiroli, Facebook Logout – Experiences and Reasons to Leave It

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“Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?” ― Bill Maher

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“Of course you’re not egotistical. I checked, and you look very humble in all 900 of the selfies you posted on facebook.” ― Sienna McQuillen

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“It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By “we” I mean adults. We’re adults, right? But emotionally we’re a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: “Would someone please acknowledge me?”  ― Marc Maron, Attempting Normal

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“Facebook gives people an illusory sense of being LIKED.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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I, on the other hand, am an active fb user and aficionado. Perhaps not as active as I used to be, but still there checking fb a couple of times every day (I lie, it’s more).

Mark Zuckerberg does not need my help nor any more users…but I thought I would lay out why I’m a fan.

Ah, what the heck. Let me give Mark Z some more friends even though he doesn’t really need my help with any of this.

It all boils down to this:  I feel amazingly connected.  Correction. I am connected.

To who, you say?

  • To my old school friends (and teachers!) who I had not heard from or about for years and years (I won’t date myself and say for how long)
  • To long lost friends and colleagues that I should not have lost touch with…but life took over
  • To my cousins and other family friends who are spread out around the country and world…how else would I hear about all the wonderful stories of Satya’s little ones who I have yet to meet?!
  • To my current pals who I still see every week
  • To my old pals who have moved away from town
  • To my family members including my mom who lives 10,000 miles away
  • To my kids (but I see only what they choose to show me)

And what’s it all worth to me?

As MasterCard says so well, in these days where time and life seem to be zipping along at an ever increasing pace, those connections (and especially the ease of them) are simply priceless.

 

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“My generation was secretive, brooding, ambitious, show-offy, and this generation is congenial. Totally. I imagine them walking around with GPS chips that notify them when a friend is in the vicinity, and their GPSes guide them to each other in clipped electronic lady voices and they sit down side by side in a coffee shop and text-message each other while checking their e-mail and hopping and skipping around Facebook to see who has posted pictures of their weekend.”  ― Garrison Keillor

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