Magic Leap’s futuristic patent art was copied from other artists’ designs

When Google-backed augmented reality company Magic Leap quietly applied for a patent, it did so with dozens of pages of futuristic (and slightly creepy) scenarios: a social media charm bracelet, a gargoyle bursting out of a box in a store, gamified cucumber chopping…

Wait a second. That last one sounds familiar. Maybe that’s because it’s a line drawing of a shot from “Sight,” a Black Mirror-esque short film about an augmented, sinister future. As it turns out, Magic Leap’s patent art isn’t so much its vision of the future as one created by various students and designers. Former Verge-r and current Gizmodo writer Sean Hollister was tipped off to a set of side-by-side comparisons that leave no doubt we’re looking at copies.

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