Social metaverse company Meta Platforms is reportedly acquiring smart eyewear company Luxexcel, a technology company that has developed and patented the methodology to 3D print lenses. This includes a suite of proprietary hardware, software, materials, and processes that work together to create high-quality lenses unlike any other lens available, according to the company.
Founded in 2009, the company prints prescription lenses for glasses as well as smart lenses, which can be printed with integrated technologies like LCD displays and holographic film. This fits with Meta’s existing VR headsets and outlook that smart glasses products will emerge “over the next few years.”
The companies are rumored to have collaborated previously on the development of specialist lenses used in Meta’s Project Aria, a research device that is worn like regular glasses and os designed to help Meta researchers build the software — including a live map of 3D spaces — and hardware necessary for future AR devices.
According to reports, Meta may use Luxexcel’s technology to produce prescription AR glasses. The company previously introduced a pair of smart glasses – Ray-Ban Stories – that can take photos and videos, or make hands-free, voice-controlled calls using Meta platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook.
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.