"Augmented reality" is what Magic Leap has been working toward, and the company is rumored to be incredibly secretive about how that works.
The viral whale video, though, is sparking hope in people who want to see an end to marine mammal captivity in places like SeaWorld, where live animals are bred for the sake of keeping them in tanks for human entertainment. This technology could be magical enough to make keeping real live animals in tanks a thing of the past.
"It's a cool concept for sure," a commenter wrote, "but the tech has been kept all secretive. We'll see if they can deliver!" It's even a concept cool enough for Google to invest in.
We asked the famously secretive company to comment, not even expecting a reply. "Is this a green screen? Post-production edit? Everyone on the internet seems to be baffled and curious," The Dodo wrote in an email to Magic Leap.
Surprisingly, a few minutes later, Magic Leap replied: "Hi Sarah: assuming you read the caption at the bottom?" (The caption to the video reads simply: "3D Magic, Thanks Magic Leap.")