Apple (AAPL-US) confirmed that it has acquired Akonia Holographics, a startup that manufactures lenses for AR lenses, adding to the rumor credibility that Apple will introduce in combination with virtual and real-world AR glasses.
Apple said in a statement that Apple will acquire smaller companies from time to time, and we usually do not discuss our goals or plans. Akonia has not yet posted a comment.
A group of scientists who studied holography established Akonia Holographics in 2012, raising $11.6 million that year.
According to the company‘s website, the company initially focused on holographic data storage and then turned to lenses for AR glasses, and currently has more than 200 patents related to holograms and materials.
In AR applications, digital messages will be presented simultaneously with the real world. For example, the popular game Pokemon Go, the smart phone uses the camera system to present the image on the screen of the mobile phone, but the technology company is in another competition, hoping to become the first A company that launched AR glasses.
One of the toughest challenges when developing AR hardware devices is the production of thin, light, transparent optical displays that are thin enough to fit into a general frame, and the image needs to be bright enough for outdoor use and at a relatively low level. The price of mass production.
Apple’s acquisition of Akonia shows that the company is preparing to meet these challenges.
Akonia claims that the company’s display technology can display bright, full-color and wide-field images on thin, transparent smart glass lenses.
The exact amount and date of Apple’s acquisition of the company is currently unknown, but industry insiders familiar with the AR industry say that Akonia has become very quiet in the past six months, so the trading time may be the first half of this year.
In addition, “Mac Rumors” pointed out that Apple is developing several new products, including powerful AR/VR headsets with 8K screens, as well as AR glasses with dedicated monitors, built-in processors, and ” rOS or real-world operating system.
It is rumored that Apple’s first AR or VR product may be available in 2019 or 2020.
Apple bought Akonia for the company’s second recent acquisition of AR and VR.
In November 2017, Apple acquired Vrvana, a headset company that develops virtual reality.