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Apple acquires startup focus on lenses for AR glasses



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Apple has taken over the AR eyewear manufacturer Akonia Holographics.


James Martin / CNET

Apple has acquired a startup focused on the production of lenses for augmented reality glasses, reinforcing Apple's interest in burgeoning technology.

Apple confirmed Wednesday the acquisition of Akonia Holographics in its usual note on acquisitions. t disclose the financial details of the transaction. It was not immediately clear when the acquisition took place, but Reuters, who first reported the acquisition, cited industry sources that Akonia had been "very quiet" in the past six months.

Akonia, based in Longmont, Colorado, was founded in 201

2 to develop optical technologies based on holography such as holographic data storage before turning its attention to the creation of displays for augmented reality glasses, according to its website

Unlike virtual reality, the goggle-wearing users plunge into new and exciting digital promises worlds, AR superimposed images and data on the real world. The most famous example of AR today is Pokemon Go where Pokemon characters appear on the phone screens of players amidst the streets or parks they explore.

Apple has reinforced its AR game in January released its ARKit 1.5 to a developer . The software, which is part of the upcoming version iOS 11.3, will include new features to enable more comprehensive apps, including the ability to place objects on vertical walls and doors, not just on horizontal surfaces such as tables.

The Tech Titan is reported to be working with the German optical manufacturer Carl Zeiss on a pair of lightweight AR / mixed reality glasses

. Akonia did not respond immediately to a request for a comment.

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