According to a report from Reuters tonight, Apple has achieved a start-up focusing on making "lenses for enlarged reality glasses." Details – such as price – are unclear at this point, but Apple confirmed the acquisition.
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Akonia Holografics is based in Colorado and was founded in 2012 based on "holographic data storage." However, shortly thereafter, the company swung to create screens for enlarged reality glasses. Akonia owns more than 200 patents related to this type of technology and increased $ 11.6 million in funding back in 2012.
Akonia said that screen technology allows for "thin transparent smart glass lenses that show vibrant, full color, wide field off- viewing images. "The company has a portfolio of over 200 patents related to holographic systems and materials, according to the website.
It is unclear how much Apple paid for Akonia, or when the exact takeover took place. Reuters cites and the industry's source, saying that Akonia has been "very quiet" in the past six months. This means that the agreement could have taken place at the beginning of the year.
"Apple buys smaller companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our intent or plans," Apple said in a statement when asked for details about the acquisition.
Reports have indicated that Apple is working on its version of enlarged reality glasses or a headset of any kind for release as early as 2019 or 2020. The acquisition of Akonia is perfect in these reports as the fact that Tim Cook has been incredibly bullish on the ability to magnify reality.
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