Apple acquires augmented reality company Metaio
In its first serious move into the augmented reality space, Apple, Inc. has acquired German startup Metaio GmbH.
Founded in 2003 as a spin-off from car manufacturer Volkswagen AG, Metaio makes a number of SDKs and toolkits that assist in the creation of augmented reality apps and is said to have created a Holodeck-style game for iPad.
The company has also worked with other companies on their augmented reality projects, including Epson and APX Labs to develop surgical training and remote field service support applications for Moverio BT0-200 in health care.
Neither Apple, nor Metaoi have confirmed the deal, however a transfer of shares from the company to Apple was discovered in a document found by TechCrunch.