It's being reported that Apple has acquired Montreal based Vrvana a mixed reality headset company.
Founded in 2005, Vrvana is developing a mixed reality headset called "Totem" that is claimed to be able to overlay full, colorized digital images over the real-world to create a fully seamless 3D augmented reality environment - a step more advanced than Microsoft Corp.'s Hololens platform.
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As indicated by VRvana's, their prior headset was fit for showing completely opaque pictures on its OLED display, giving it a chance to change effortlessly from AR to VR. Touted on Vrvana's website, which is still active at the time of this writing, Totem integrates specialized internal hardware to not only track head position, but also the location of a user's hands to facilitate the manipulation of virtual objects. It is believed that the company has kept 2019 as the deadline to finish the product and ship it by 2020 if the project goes on as scheduled. Hand tracking is one of the technologies that Apple's PrimeSense team in Israel has brought to Apple.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has already stated that AR has "broad mainstream applicability across education, entertainment interactive gaming, enterprise, and categories we probably haven't even thought of".
Apple's AR dreams are set to get a fillip post its acquisition of Canada based AR start-up firm Vrvana whose claim to fame is the Totem headset. Prior to these two, the iPhone maker acquired companies such as Flyby Media, Metaio, Emotient and Faceshift to empower its AR efforts.