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Major Takeaways:

  • Apple had acquired AR technology developer Metaio, a seasoned veteran in the space.
  • Metaio develops AR tools that use 3D tracking capable devices for development and deployment of AR applications.
  • Speculative applications for the software include the iPad line, with the tablet line having sufficient portability along with mechanical area to support necessary circuitry and technology.

Forbes reports on Apple’s acquisition of Metaio, which signals a major move by the technology giant into the Augmented Reality space.

From the article:

Earlier this week, it was announced the Apple had acquired AR technology developer Metaio, a seasoned veteran in the space that has been around for over a decade, if you can believe that. Apple didn’t have much to say about the acquisition but the move itself speaks volumes. Metaio develops AR tools that use 3D tracking capable devices for development and deployment of Augmented Reality apps.

…The most natural, immediate application for Metaio technologies would be with Apple’s iPad line. Tablet platforms have the light-weight portability you need for carrying a 3D mapping-capable device but also have enough mechanical area to house the additional circuitry and camera technology required to implement the design, not to mention the additional CPU and graphics horsepower required.

Head to Forbes for the full scoop.