Apple just bought Vrvana, a company that specializes in virtual reality and maker of the Totem VR headset. Such technology allows Totem to do what it refers to as a "Seamless blend" transition between VR and AR environments, according to TechCrunch.
Apple has reportedly spent about $30 million acquiring Canadian augmented reality firm Vrvana. Though it did not offer its boilerplate confirmation, Apple did not refute the acquisition claims. The ARKit development software has been the only public offering the company has released, back in June, which has seen widespread adoption by many studios looking to experiment in the field.
A number of the startup's employees have joined Apple in California. Currently, the Vrvana site is still active, but it has made stops in the updates on social accounts and also on news from the month of August this year.
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In a report by TechCrunch, the site states that Apple has acquired Vrvana in a $30 million Dollars deal, although neither company has confirmed the sale, with the site simple citing sources close to the deal. With 6DoF tracking technology, the headset was able to track its position in a 3D space while also using infrared sensors to track its wearer's hands. It is likely that Apple will take advantage of Vrvana's expertise to create a augmented reality glasses on its own, under the supervision of the company's design head Jony Ive. This could be one reason why Apple is taking the AR tech so seriously.
Apple and Vrvana declined to comment.
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.