Apple Reportedly Acquires Facial Motion Tracking Firm Faceshift

MacRumors’s Eric Slivka has reason to believe that Apple has acquired Swiss real-time motion capture firm Faceshift at some point during the past few weeks.

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The firm launched in 2011 and has presented some impressive demoes of its technology. More recently, in March, it announced the release of a wireless facial tracking helmet that can be used alongside third-party, full-body motion capture systems such as like Perception Neuron. Actually, Faceshift’s technology was used in the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens (you can check out the video at 0:41 to see it in action).

So, here is why Slivka believes Faceshift was acquired by Apple: First, there were the whispers, which triggered some research. The result was a Swiss company’s registry filings, which in somehow leads to Apple: The three original corporate directors stepped down and were replaced by Baker & McKenzie mergers and acquisitions attorney Martin Frey. The link is Baker & McKenzie: Apple have used their services in various countries.

From that moment on, no one knows what happened to Faceshift, but given Apple’s Primesense acquisition – Faceshift demoed its technology using a Carmine 3D sensor from Primesense – and the acquisition of Swedish facial recognition firm Polar Rose, this could make sense if we consider Apple’s secrecy policy.

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