Apple has acquired mixed reality headset developer Vrvana for $30M

Apple has acquired mixed reality headset developer Vrvana for $30M

Apple has acquired mixed reality headset developer Vrvana for $30M

Apple and Vrvana declined to comment. It is likely its tech will be rolled into whatever AR headset Apple may be working on, likely bringing in some of Cupertino's refined design skills to the rather clunky designs of AR and VR headsets now out in the wild.

Vrvana is the startup behind the Totem virtual reality headset, which never actually shipped to consumers but had excellent reviews from those who got an early hands-on. Cancelled in the final week, Vrvana didn't disappear, instead it has been quietly working away on a mixed reality (MR) device of the same name. The agreement was for around $30 million, as told to TechCrunch by two sources. The most recent reports have indicated that Apple intends to have its own AR headset ready by 2020, now there seems to be a bit more evidence pointing towards that.

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In addition, at least some Vrvana employees have now joined Apple in California.

The acquisition has yet to be confirmed by either Apple or Vrvana, acording to TechCrunch the company stopped update it social media accounts in August.this suggest that Apple purchased the company some time in August. The acquisition would indicate that Cupertino is gathering assets to make its planned push into the AR market. It is likely that Apple will take advantage of Vrvana's expertise to create a augmented reality glasses on its own, under the supervision of the company's design head Jony Ive.

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Vrvana has a long history with VR and AR. With 6DoF tracking technology, the headset was able to track its position in a 3D space while also using infrared sensors to track its wearer's hands. This could be one reason why Apple is taking the AR tech so seriously.

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