Apple has acquired augmented reality headset maker Vrvana

Apple has acquired augmented reality headset maker Vrvana

Apple has acquired augmented reality headset maker Vrvana

By acquiring Vrvana, Apple has once again proved that it sees a great future in augmented reality. The startup is best known for its Totem headset which can do both virtual reality and augmented reality. Last year Toms Hardware was at the Immersed trade show in Monaco and stated: "The Vrvana Totem mixed reality HMD is the most impressive thing I saw at the show".

Apple acquired the Montreal-based startup for $30 million Dollars, two sources told the publication.

If Apple has acquired VRvana and its headset technology, it would certainly stand it in good stead for the self-contained AR headset it's rumored to be developing for a 2020 release.

Generally, Apple is very secretive about completely new products but its interest in AR hardware is not surprising, so the deal is significant. The acquisition would indicate that Cupertino is gathering assets to make its planned push into the AR market.

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Currently, The Vrvana's website is still active, but it stopped updating social accounts and news in August of this year. Several of the start-up's employees are already working in Apple's California offices.

Vrvana's camera-based approach is different from those of others like Microsoft, which deploy transparent-based displays for its HoloLens headsets. The system of cameras enabled 6DoF tracking, so the device can track its position in 3D space, while also using infrared cameras to track the user's hands. Hand tracking is one of the technologies that Apple's PrimeSense team in Israel has brought to Apple.

Apple has acquired Vrvana, the AR headset developer, for $30 million, reports TechCrunch.

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