Akonia Holografics, the startup Apple bought, announces "the world's first commercially available volume of holographic reflective and waveguide optics for transparent display elements in smart glasses."
The displays like it are said to use the company's HoloMirror technology for "ultrasound, full-color performance" to enable the "thinnest, lightest heads worn screens in the world."
Apple confirmed the purchase to Reuters with the statement it uses when making an acquisition: "Apple purchases smaller companies from time to time and we usually do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Akonia Holografikk was founded in 201
It is not clear when Apple bought Akonia Holografics, but sources that spoke to Reuters suggested that the company had been "very quiet" in the last six months, indicating that the acquisition could have been done in that first half of 2018.
Several rumors have suggested that Apple has a research unit on hundreds of employees working with AR and VR, and investigates how new technologies can be used in future Apple products.
Apple says it's going to be exploring several prototypes, including a powerful AR / VR headset with an 8K screen for each eye and a set of brilliant-looking glasses with a dedicated display, embedded processor and a "rOS" or reality operating system. Rumors indicate that Apple's first AR or VR product could come out in 2019 or 2020.
Apple's acquisition of Akonia Holographics is its second most recent AR / VR related acquisition. In November 2017, Apple Vrvana, a company that developed a mixed reality set, called Totem, bought.