This article discusses the acquisition of Luxexcel, a Dutch smart eyewear company, by Meta, a tech company that is under investigation for potentially violating antitrust laws with the acquisition of VR fitness developers.
Luxexcel uses 3D printing to create prescription lenses for eyeglasses and has recently focused on creating smart lenses with integrated technology. Meta has a history of acquiring smaller companies in the AR and VR industry, including Oculus, the company behind Meta's high-end headset, the Quest.
It is rumored that Project Aria, Meta's AR research initiative, was a collaboration between Meta and Luxexcel, and it is possible that Meta will use Luxexcel's technology to create prescription AR glasses, a product that has been anticipated to result from Meta's $1 billion investment in Reality Labs.
However, there have been reports that Meta has postponed its initial plans for consumer-grade AR glasses, which were set to go on sale in 2024. The acquisition of Luxexcel may attract scrutiny due to the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to stop Meta's acquisition of Within.
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