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Mixed reality startup Magic Leap is one of the most-hyped businesses in tech, but after five years and $US1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in funding from behemoths like Google and Alibaba, the notoriously secretive company still hasn't released a product. A new report from The Information now peeks behind the curtain and reveals that Magic Leap is in much worse shape than its bluster suggests.

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While tech giants like Sony and Facebook are currently betting big on the future of virtual reality, Apple has so far stayed out of the "giant headset of questionable utility" game. Today, we finally know why: CEO Tim Cook, like all of us, just wants a hug.

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Virtual reality has been the promise of the future for generations. And it keeps getting better with each passing year. But I remain sceptical that it's going to become mainstream any time soon. And it seems like I'm not alone. Apple CEO Tim Cook did an interview this morning on Good Morning America where he said that he's much more optimistic about augmented reality than VR.

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In a very short time, Pokémon Go has pushed augmented reality (AR) into the mainstream. Its ability to overlay digital animations onto the real world using your phone's camera and screen is unlike any other popular game before it. But Pokémon Go isn't the only app that seamlessly blends virtual objects into the real world. Here are the best AR apps not linked with Nintendo.

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Gizmodo was recently invited to visit CSIRO's Data61 team to try one of their fabled Microsoft Hololenses. While we were there, CSIRO's Matt Adcock gave us a rundown of CSIRO's history with VR, which goes back long before the Hololens, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive ever existed. Not only VR, however, CSIRO has also been playing with augmented reality and its odd lovechild with traditional VR, something they call 'augmented virtuality'.

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In cases of both virtual and augmented reality, what your hands are doing need to be seen and interpreted. If you can't interact with your hands in a virtual world, you can't do anything. Say you want to pick up items from a virtual desktop, drive a virtual car or produce virtual pottery. The hands are obviously key.

A new system has been developed which uses a "convolutional neural network" that mimics the human brain and is capable of "deep learning" to understand the hand’s nearly endless complexity of joint angles and contortions.

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Magic Leap — valued at more than $US4.5 billion ($6 billion) — is one of the most secretive (and exciting) technology companies in the world. Despite its fruitful fundraising campaigns, the company has never released a commercial product and very few people have ever tried its state-of-the-art augmented reality headset.

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There are many ways to solve the standard 3x3 Rubik's cube, each with its own advantages. Faster methods usually requiring more practice and algorithmic knowledge. But now, thanks to undergrad Martin Španěl and augmented reality, no memorisation is required to master the cube in 20 moves or less.

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Video: It's fun for the occasional tech demo, but now we know the real reason that Google Glass, and other augmented reality solutions, have failed to catch on. The future they have promised us will eventually turn into the same nightmare that surfing the web has become — a sea of intrusive ads and countless another annoyances trying to sell you something.

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Wired just published a giant feature on Magic Leap, the lavishly-funded, and very secretive mixed reality startup that we know almost nothing about. Professional thoughtfluencer Kevin Kelly got impressive access to the startup and reveals some new details about what the hell they're doing. There's a headset! And it is capable of what you see in the video above, which is like tripping, if LSD made you hallucinate your calendar.