Apple grabs augmented reality pioneer MetaIO

June 01, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
Apple has bought augmented reality pioneer MetaIO GmbH (Munich, Germany) for an undisclosed amount of money.

The MetaIO website states that "MetaIO products and subscriptions are no longer available for purchase. Downloads of your previous purchases will be available until December 15th, 2015, and active cloud subscriptions will be continued until expiration. Email support will continue until June 30th, 2015."

The company, founded in 2003, took part in a number of augmented reality projects including a human-machine interface technology based on thermal imaging (see Metaio demos thermal touch interface for headset displays)

That technology was intended for use with head-mounted displays – such as Google Glass – and makes use of the fact that touching an object heats it up slightly and provides a thermal signature. When combined with overlaid information in the display this could allow everyday objects to become controls or for controls to be overlaid on surfaces.

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