Typically, Apple rarely disclose the details of its acquisitions and even refuse to confirm the purchases, making it difficult for outsiders to track. Business Insider concluded a list of 9 startup companies Apple has bought this year and briefly introduced what they mainly do. The list is not exhaustive as some of its purchases may have never been revealed. As expected, artificial intelligent is the dominant category in Apple’s acquisitions. Security, educational tech, fitness and entertainment are also involved in this list. Now let’s take a brief look at what these 9 startups are.
1. Flyby Media: computer vision augmented reality startup
Founded in 2010, headquartered in New York and acquired in January 2016. Develops augmented reality mainly that lets mobile devices “see” the world around them through “spatial recognition” connecting the physical world with the digital.
2. Emotient: artificially intelligent facial recognition
Founded in 2012, headquartered in San Diego and acquired in January 2016. Uses artificial intelligence to scan a person’s face and read their emotions.
3. LearnSprout: education-tech startup
Founded in 2012, headquartered in San Francisco and acquired in January 2016. Builds software for teachers, administrators to analyze data on students’ performance.
4. LegbaCore: A two-person security firm
Founded in 2015, headquartered in Washington D.C. and acquired in November 2015 (properly disclosed in February 2016). Best known for developing a proof-of-concept virus-worm hybrid called Thunderstrike 2 that targeted Mac computers.
5. Carpool Karaoke: TV series spinoff with James Corden
Acquired in July 2016. A viral segment on CBS’s The Late Late Show featuring James Corden driving around with celebrities and singing. Will be available on Apple Music.
6. Turi: machine learning platform for developers and data scientists
Founded by a University of Washington professor in 2013, headquartered in Seattle and acquired in August 2016. Provides tools and frameworks for other developers to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence into their apps.
7. Gliimpse: personal health data tracking
Founded in 2015, headquartered in Silicon Valley and acquired in August 2016. Collates medical information into an easy-to-read profile for the patient.
8. Tuplejump: machine learning
Founded in 2013, headquartered in Hyderabad, India and acquired in September 2016. A machine learning technology company that aims to simplify data management technologies and make them extremely simple to use.
9. Indoor.io: indoor mapping platform
Founded in 2007, headquartered in Finland and reported to be acquired in December 2016. Maps indoor spaces. Purchased by Apple to improve its mapping service.
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