Apple has purchased a startup that makes lenses for augmented reality glasses, reports Reuters. The acquisition lends further evidence to rumors suggesting Apple is developing an augmented reality headset.
Akonia Holographics, the startup that Apple bought, advertises the „world’s first commercially available volume holographic reflective and waveguide optics for transparent display elements in smart glasses.“
The displays that it makes are said to use the company’s HoloMirror technology for „ultra-clear, full-color performance“ to enable the „thinnest, lightest head worn displays in the world.“
Apple representatives met with suppliers who make the type of parts required to power augmented reality glasses at CES this week, according to Bloomberg News.
During CES, representatives from major players like Apple, Facebook, and Google met with suppliers that make the nuts and bolts required to power AR glasses, according to people familiar with the meetings.
The report doesn’t provide any additional details about the meetings, or what was discussed, but it’s yet more anecdotal evidence that so-called „Apple Glasses“ may one day go from rumor to reality.
Bloomberg News has previously reported that Apple is working on an augmented [...]
Apple manufacturing partner Quanta Computer has teamed up with Israeli-based augmented reality company Lumus to manufacture lenses for smart glasses, reports Bloomberg.
Lumus designs displays for AR glasses and will use Quanta for manufacturing purposes. In an interview with Bloomberg, Lumus CEO Ari Grobman said Quanta, which led a $45 million investment in Lumus in 2016, will also be able to produce AR lenses for other tech companies.
Totem headset from VRvana, the virtual reality company Apple recently purchased The partnership will result in more affordable lenses for wearable augmented reality products, lowering the overall cost for future products. [...]
Catcher Technology, a Taiwanese company that manufacturers metal casings for Apple products like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, will make parts for an augmented reality product, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
Apple Glasses concept via Gadgets Arena Catcher chairman Allen Horng reportedly said augmented reality products „need to look good“ and „be light enough to wear.“
„Based on what we have learned, [new AR products] need to look good and be light enough to wear … that makes the casings for such device very complicated to manufacture and there are still a lot of challenges to overcome currently,“ Catcher Chairman Allen [...]