iKinema’s technology can be used to turn video footage of a person’s physical movements into animated characters.
In recent years, Apple has made several small acquisitions of AR companies to build or bolster its ARKit platform, including Metaio, Flyby Media, Emotient and Faceshift, as well as several start-ups that could provide components for a future AR headset.
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iKinema might help iPhone app developers to build more sophisticated games or allow Apple to add arms and legs to its animated emoji faces, which were introduced alongside the iPhone X in 2017.
iKinema started more than a decade ago as a spinout of the Surrey Space Centre.
Its website, which is now largely offline, listed partners and customers ranging from tech companies Microsoft, Tencent, Intel and Nvidia, visual effects producers and film studios Disney, Fox, Framestore and Foundry, and a long list of video games developers, including Sony, Valve, Epic Games and Square Enix.
The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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