Magic Leap AR Headset.
The terms of the acquisition are unknown, although Apple issued its regular confirmation of the reported purchase to Reuters .
"Apple buys smaller companies from time to time, and we do not usually discuss our intent or plans," Apple said in a statement.
According to a leadership in the AR industry, the team in Akonia was "very quiet" for the past six months, which indicates that Apple completed the purchase once a year.
Founded in 201
Akonia claims that the technology "will revolutionize" the smart glass display industry, giving the manufacturers "ultrasound, full-color performance" in thin and lightweight headphones. Unlike similar solutions from such as Magic Leap, which uses waveguides to draw graphical information to multiple display plans placed in front of the user's eyes, HoloMirror uses a single layer of media. The method not only reduces system complexity, but allows integration into small form factors like ordinary glasses.
The company has a cache of more than 200 patents related to holographic systems and materials, but it is not clear how many AR wearables are.
Perhaps even more important, Akonia says that the "defined technology" will pave the way for improvements, including greater field of view. With regard to AR, FOV is a key component of AR immersion. Using a low-FOV AR device overlaps computer-generated graphics on real objects, but the illusion ends abruptly at the edges of each screen. High-FOV devices are apparently more discouraging, and extend the CGI field to the outer reach of a user's view.
For example, critics of Magic Leap's just released mixed reality header say that the system suffers from relatively low FOV, thus pulling them out of the AR experience.
The acquisition provides insight into Apple's famous "Apple Glasses", a separate AR headset that is expected to be shipped in the next few years. A report last year claimed that the technology giant develops its own monitor and processor for the project, a route is expected to require significant resources in both hardware and software.
Reports earlier this year, the device, referred to internally as "T288", claims today using high resolution 8K monitors and a separate processing device to overlay virtual images of real objects present in a user's field of view. If Apple intends to slim the package and release it as an aesthetically pleasing product, they will show extremely thin and transparent lenses. Akoni's technology can provide such a solution.