A recent report from Tom’s Hardware indicates Magic Leap is acquiring the 3D scanning assets of Dacuda — a company known historically for creating pocket scanners and recently for its 3D SLAM technologies. The report cites a cryptic blog post announcing Dacuda’s divestment of its 3D scanning properties and LinkedIn profiles for many Dacuda staff members that now show them as employees of Magic Leap.
Dacuda is also said able to be able achieve inside-out positional tracking in six degrees of freedom. This sort of mobile-first tracking system would be an obvious fit for Magic Leap as it works hard toward the goal of creating ergonomic and successful AR glasses. The technology Dacuda may be selling to Magic Leap could be essential for running AR glasses on the scale we’re all expecting.
Magic Leap has taken some hits recently, with the company’s head of PR leaving after a report indicated the company may not have successfully miniaturized key components. The startup has raised an extraordinary amount from companies like Google and Alibaba, but reports indicate they are under pressure internally to deliver on engineering deadlines.