We’ve learned that the neurotechnology company SyncThink is branching out to Mixed Reality (MR) by partnering up with Magic Leap. SyncThink, a once solely Virtual Reality (VR) based brain health assessment and eye-tracking analytics system are now going to be working with MR glasses creator Magic Leap to provide their users with reality-based eye-tracking.

Magic Leap and SyncThink Collaborate

Sync Think is broadening their horizon by using VR and MR. Image credit to: SyncThink

Magic Leap is an MR headset that projects 3D images onto transparent lenses so the wearer can still see the world around them. In this case, SyncThink is opening up new possibilities for neurotechnology by leveraging Magic Leap One’s eye-tracking support and spatial computing.

By blending the best of the two technologies together, SyncThink and Magic Leap are targeting to bring mixed reality eye-tracking and brain health analytics to the real world. SyncThink’s VR compatible system has been used to track eye impairments after head impacts for sports and medical use.

SyncThink has helped NBA teams like the Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors, as well as the University of Georgia, and are currently doing a study with children’s hospitals. Most importantly, they are FDA cleared for eye-tracking impairment.

The partnership will use 3D objects inside the display to help athletic, medical, and rehabilitation teams to get better brain health tracking and data by involving real-world movement to gauge information about the brain.

“One of the primary advantages of working with Magic Leap’s mixed reality technology is it allows us to create specific interactive brain performance training paradigms in the user’s exact environment instead of trying to produce the same result in a virtual environment,” said CEO of SyncThink Laura Yecies.

Real World Use

Wearables like Magic Leap One take the lead when it comes to being able to provide a window into how a person interacts and responds to the environment and situation going on around them in mixed realities. Yecies adds, “This is especially important in sports, for example, where they can train and measure the recovery or improvement of a specific skill by doing the exact activity their sport requires.”

SyncThink and Magic Leap plan on adding “high-precision methods to objectively assess balance, proprioception, depth perception, and convergence, among other features, for injuries such as concussions.” They are also thinking of tracking gait and body position as well.

VR has had its fair share of medical and training uses, and now MR is adding another feather in their cap. In the not so distant future, trainers and medical professionals will be using Magic Leap to help treat patients, traditional athletic teams, and possibly even VR and AR esport athletes.

“Magic Leap One is inspired by human physiology and has deep user sensing capabilities that make it an ideal spatial computing platform for developing real-time, objective health and wellness assessments,” said Nicole Samec, Healthcare Product Manager for Magic Leap.

If you’re interested in the price of such a marvelous piece of hardware and software, SportTechie reports that the hardware and application are expected to run for around $2,000.