U.S. tech giant Google has acquired Canadian smart glasses producer North for an undisclosed sum.
Founded in 2012 and originally called Thalmic Labs, North initially focused on new forms of interaction with Myo, a gesture-based input device that directly coupled neuro-muscular impulses into signals computers could understand. It then shifted its focus to “everyday” smart glasses with direct retinal projection and prescription compatibility known as Focals. Following the Google deal, North is winding down production of its Focals 1.0 glasses and will not be shipping Focals 2.0, which was set to be released this year.
Google discontinued production of its consumer Google Glass product in 2015 and focused on business users since then, but the North acquisition has led to speculation it could re-enter the consumer segment.