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Twitter hires ex-Apple UI designer to lead its VR and AR division

Twitter steps into AR and VR with its new hire, securing a UI designer from Apple
By: Anthony Garreffa | Virtual & Augmented Reality News | Posted: Jun 29, 2016 5:05 am
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Twitter is shifting in an interesting direction, confirming with Engadget that it has acquired Alessandro Sabatelli as its new Director of VR and AR.

 

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Sabatelli will lead the new AR team within Twitter Cortex, which is the social network's upstart machine-learning division. You know, the 140-character limit version of Skynet. Sabatelli was previously over at Apple as a UI designer, credited with helping create the iTunes visualizer. He also worked with IXOMOXI, which is a startup that focused on developing contextual overlays for both VR and AR systems.

 

Twitter also recently acquired Magic Pony Technology earlier this month for $150 million, a company based in London which has developed techniques to use neural networks to improve lower quality images.

NEWS SOURCES:Engadget.com, Techcrunch.com

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