SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/CNET) — Virtual reality got a little more real Thursday with news that Apple bought the VR streaming sports company NextVR. The Newport Beach, California startup is mostly known for partnerships with the NBA and Wimbledon to stream live sports from specialized cameras set up courtside to people’s headsets at home. The effect is meant to make people feel as though they’re sitting in premium seats, watching the game. NextVR also struck deals to stream music events and some of the debates from the 2016 presidential race. Next VR, founded in 2009, raised $115.5 million, according to startup tracker Crunchbase. Apple confirmed the news, saying it “buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” The acquisition was earlier reported by 9to5Mac and Bloomberg. Apple’s purchase marks the latest sign the iPhone maker is closer to revealing its augmented reality and virtual reality headset, which sources told CNET in 2018 was planned for sometime this year. The headset is expected to use AR technology, which overlays computer images on the real world, and VR, which tricks your brain into believing you’ve been transported into a computer program. But… Read full this story
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