Stephen Nellis at Reuters reports that Apple has purchased Akonia Holographics, a Colorado company that has done work on lenses for AR glasses:
Akonia said its display technology allows for “thin, transparent smart glass lenses that display vibrant, full-color, wide field-of-view images.” The firm has a portfolio of more than 200 patents related to holographic systems and materials, according to its website.
Apple has been rumored to looking at AR glasses some time now. Maybe I just lack imagination, but I cannot get excited about this sort of technology when I think about it in my life. There’s no doubt, AR has uses in various industries, but I don’t think anything like this would be for me.