As reported by Janko Roettgers, Meta acquired a Colorado-based analysis and growth startup referred to as Gary Sharp Improvements final 12 months in June.
Roettgers found the acquisition by way of paperwork filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace. Meta confirmed the acquisition to Roettgers, stating that “Gary Sharp Improvements helps [Meta] develop higher viewing optics for [its] AR and VR gadgets.”
Gary Sharp, the startup’s co-founder, beforehand served as CTO of RealD, the corporate that pioneered and licensed 3D cinema expertise. LinkedIn posts point out that a minimum of a few of Gary Sharp Improvements’ workers had been introduced over to Meta within the acquisition.
The acquisition additionally grants Meta all of Gary Sharp Improvements’ patents and patent purposes, a few of which relate to VR headsets and optics. Roettgers identified one such submitting for a pancake lens that may reduce stray gentle by including extra layers to the lens.
Meta shipped Quest Professional, which makes use of pancake lenses, in October final 12 months, a number of months after buying the startup. It’s unclear whether or not the startup’s related applied sciences had been used within the manufacturing of Quest Professional, nevertheless it’s prone to turn out to be useful for Meta’s future headsets which is able to seemingly undertake pancake lenses akin to these in Quest Professional.