Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Scape Technologies – Road to VR



In keeping with regulatory filings uncovered by Tech Crunch, Fb has acquired Scape Applied sciences, a London-based laptop imaginative and prescient startup.

Fb has but to publicly acknowledge the acquisition. An organization spokesperson informed Tech Crunch that it “purchase[s] smaller tech firms once in a while. We don’t all the time talk about our plans.”

Particulars are nonetheless skinny, nonetheless UK registrar Firms Home filings reveals that Fb now controls 75 p.c or extra of the corporate’s shares. Firms Home filings additionally present that various the corporate’s administrators have stepped down, and have been subsequently changed with Fb executives.

Based in 2016, Scape Technolognies is constructing a pc vision-based positioning system known as Imaginative and prescient Engine that it says “can be utilized to exactly decide the situation of any digicam system, with extra accuracy than GPS, and are routinely up to date to replicate modifications within the setting.” The corporate says it could actually do that with what it calls “low-quality imagery.”

The corporate’s multi-platform SDK for augmented actuality, ScapeKit, was publicly demonstrated on the AT&T Stadium in Dallas final 12 months to point out off the capabilities of 5G-enabled augmented actuality.

Scape’s tech is concentrating on smartphone-based AR use circumstances at present, though sturdy laptop imaginative and prescient is a elementary know-how for the ‘all-day’ AR headsets of the longer term.

Fb has admitted prior to now that its at present growing an AR headset and has plans to construct out its digital copy of the bodily world, or one thing it calls ‘LiveMaps’, a  real-time-updated map created utilizing crowdsource-driven knowledge from linked gadgets.