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AR glasses startup North picks up Intels Vaunt patents

Intels loss, it seems, is Norths game. As first noted by The Verge, the startup has picked up the technology portfolio behind Vaunt, the AR glasses shuttered by the chipmaker in April year after a couple of glowing previews.
North (nee Thalamic Labs) debuted its own take on the category around six months after Intel abandoned its efforts. Focals have been positioned as a kind of Warby Parker-esque take on the category. Theyre essentially customizable glasses with a built-in heads up display looking to finally deliver on the unfulfilled promise of Google Glass.
Intels own tech works in a similar matter, reflecting a laser projection back into the wearers eye. For Intel, however, Vaunt always felt like a pet project from a company that generates most of its revenue supplying components for other brands. Notably, Intel Capital has invested in North, so this deal could finally help some of its own vision finally come to fruition.


Big day! We've acquired hundreds of patents and patent applications from @intel's Vaunt smart glasses portfolio. So proud to grow our business with such a great partner. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning ? #smartglasses https://t.co/GQjymr6Iol
North (@focalsbynorth) December 17, 2018
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