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AR/VR pioneer and Hololens co-inventor Avi Bar-Zeev left Apple last month, Variety has learned. Bar-Zeev had been working on Apple's augmented reality headset, which the company has been developing in secret for a possible 2020 launch.
Bar-Zeev confirmed his departure when contacted by Variety, saying: "I left my full-time position at Apple in January. I had the best exit one can imagine. I have only nice things to say about Apple and won't comment on any specific product plans." He added that he planned to consult in the AR space while "noodling" on the next big thing.
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Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bar-Zeev has been working in the AR/VR space for close to three decades. Back in the '90s, he was part of a team at Disney that worked on some early VR experiences for the company's theme parks, including "Aladdin's Magic Carpet" VR ride.
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He then went on to co-found Keyhole, the company that later got acquired by Google to become the foundation of Google Maps. After a brief stint at Linden Lab, Bar-Zeev worked for four years at Microsoft.
"He helped found and invent Hololens at Microsoft, assembling the very first AR prototypes, demos and UX concepts, sufficient to convince his...
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