Google acquires North smart glasses startup

Google acquires North smart glasses startup
Google has announced that they have acquired North, a smart glasses and human/computer interface start up for an undisclosed price.

Google has previously attempted forays into the smart glasses market with its Google Glass, however the project was discontinued in 2015 after beta versions failed to generate interest due in part to its $1,500 price and privacy concerns. 

North’s founders said in a statement: “Early on, our focus was on new forms of interaction with Myo, a gesture based input device that directly coupled neuro-muscular impulses into signals computers could understand. We then shifted focus to Focals, our everyday smart glasses with direct retinal projection and prescription compatibility.

“Over the last while, it became clear that aligning with Google would significantly advance our shared vision… We couldn't be more thrilled to join Google, and to take an exciting next step towards the future we've been focused on for the past eight years.”

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