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Apple buys augmented reality lens company

Akonia Holographics creates displays for AR glasses

Apple has acquired a company that makes lenses for augmented reality glasses.

The tech giant confirmed it has bought start-up Akonia Holographics. “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time, and we generally don’t discuss our purpose or plans,” it said in a statement.

Akonia was founded in 2012 and originally focused on holographic data storage before moving in to creating displays for augmented reality glasses.

According to its website, Akonia’s display technology allows for “thin, transparent smart glass lenses that display vibrant, full-colour, wide field-of-view images.” The firm has a portfolio of more than 200 patents related to holographic systems and materials.