North, a Canada based pioneer in human-computer interfaces and Focal smart glasses has been acquired by Google. According to Google as stated on their blog post, North’s “strong technology foundation and expertise” was the key driver behind the deal.
Focals provided the most consumer-friendly wearable-glasses-computing-interface with direct retinal projection and prescription compatibility and received a lot of attention. North came up with various solutions to improve on the pain points that had come with earlier wearables like Google Glass. But Focals had a number of limitations and was expensive.
Google is looking at its acquisition of North to help realize its vision of “ambient computing future”. The North team will join Google’s office in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by Google.
As North founders said on their blogpost, “Over the last while, it became clear that aligning with Google would significantly advance our shared vision. This acquisition is a terrific fit for North and, importantly, we’re staying here in Kitchener-Waterloo.”
Google has not given up on its dream of smart glasses and therefore is a right buyer for North.