According to a report from Reuters this evening, Apple has purchased a startup that makes lenses for augmented reality glasses.
Akonia Holographics is based out of Colorado and was founded in 2012 with an initial focus on “holographic data storage.” Shortly thereafter, however, the company pivoted to creating displays for augmented reality glasses. Akonia owns more than 200 patents related to these types of technology and raised $11.6 million in funding back in 2012.
Akonia claims its technology “will revolutionize” the smart glass display industry, offering manufacturers “ultra-clear, full-color performance” in thin and light headsets. Unlike similar solutions from the likes of Magic Leap, which use waveguides to funnel graphical information to multiple display planes positioned in front of a user’s eyes, HoloMirror utilizes a single layer of media. The method not only reduces system complexity, but allows for integration into small form factors like common glasses.
Apple confirmed the purchase to Reuters with the statement that it uses when it makes an acquisition: “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time, and we generally don’t discuss our purpose or plans.”