Invisage Acquisition by Apple Said to be Confirmed

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Techcrunch receives what it believes is Apple's confirmation of acquisition of Invisage:

An Apple spokesperson has confirmed the acquisition to us with its customary statement:“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Techcrunch also found other evidences of the acquisition:
  • There are a handful of InVisage employees that are already noting on LinkedIn that they work for Apple. We were able to determine that several more who have not updated their LinkedIn profiles are also working there. Meanwhile, InVisage erased the section of its web site that detailed some of its senior staff (but you can still find those pages through web archiving services).
  • InVisage itself went radio silent on social media and other communications channels in November of last year - this one is incorrect as Invisage has presented its progress at IISW 2017 in June.
  • The legal firm representing InVisage changed in September. It’s now using the same firm that Apple uses for all its patent work.
  • Several people we contacted connected to the company told us they were not at liberty to discuss the acquisition, but in doing so also inadvertently confirmed that it took place.
  • More public evidence of a sale (but not to whom) is that multiple InVisage VC backers now list the company as exited on their web sites.

Few figures from Invisage paper presented at IISW 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan in June 2017:

R53: A QuantumFilm Based QuadVGA 1.5µm Pixel Image Sensor with Over 40% QE at 940 nm for Actively Illuminated Applications.
Lionel Barrow, Nikolai Bock, Aurelien Bouvier, Dario Clocchiatti, Jian Feng, Naveen Kolli, Andras Pattantyus, Vitanshu Sharma, Tzi-Hsiung Shu, Emanuele Mandelli. InVisage Technologies, USA

Thanks to JH and AD for the pointer!

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