Apple continues to carry out its purchasing campaign: the startup Spaces specialized in the development of technology for Virtual Reality has entered the crosshairs of the Cupertino giant. As reported by Protocol, Apple acquired the Spaces team. The Cupertino house subsequently confirmed the report, but without providing further details.
It is not known what exactly the purpose of the move is, but it is plausible that the company led by Tim Cook can use the resources of Spaces for future VR and AR projects.
Spaces was born in 2016 from a branch of Dreamworks Animation, and has developed Virtual Reality projects, including Terminator Salvation: Fight for The Future. Following the pandemic, it had to close its centers dedicated to VR, reduce its workforce and apply for a company loan to continue running its activities.
Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future. The VR experience developed by Spaces. In more recent times the startup has dedicated itself to video conferencing solutions
He then hijacked the investment in video conferencing solutions by creating an add-on for Zoom that allows users to join meetings via an animated avatar. Spaces announced last week that it has begun to discontinue existing services and have undertaken another direction.
The combination of video chat and VR could be tempting to Apple, but the news cannot help but also recall the numerous rumors that have occurred over time relating to the alleged Apple Glass, the glasses for Augmented Reality that have returned to the center news also last spring. This is a project that has never turned into a commercial product, but for which Apple has progressively accumulated resources by continuing to invest in small startups. In addition to Spaces, we remember the previous acquisitions of NextVR (May 2020), Akonia Holographics (August 2018) and Vrvana (November 2017).
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