Mixed reality company Within announced on Thursday that it has sold wonderscopeher augmented reality reading app for Apple devices, to Amira Learning.
Wonderscope and Amira Learning technologies listen to students read aloud. With Wonderscope, reading aloud unlocks the stages of an immersive augmented reality story. With Amira, it’s a way for her technology to assess and help with reading fluency.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Wonderscope was one of the first companies to tackle augmented reality storytelling, which superimposes digital images on top of the real world around you. Its parent company, Within, is the mixed reality company that agreed to sell itsearlier this year, only to have the . The FTC claimed the acquisition was an anti-competitive measure in Meta’s plan for a “virtual reality empire”, which Meta says is not credible.
Amira Learning’s artificial intelligence makes it possible to assess students’ reading skills, personalize tutoring and screen for the risk of dyslexia. Its software is used by nearly one million students in more than 5,000 schools, the company said.
Inside co-founder and CEO Chris Milk called Wonderscope one of the company’s “proudest achievements”.
“We are thrilled that Amira Learning is harnessing the potential of Wonderscope by integrating it into its own mission to facilitate learning in children through innovative technology,” he said in a statement.
Amira Learning CEO Mark Angel said Wonderscope’s AR stories would “fit seamlessly into Amira Learning’s cutting-edge AI tutoring,” which already includes a stable of interactive reading apps. The Wonderscope app and the six stories are currently available for free on devices running iOS 11 or newer: iPhone 6S or newer, iPad 2017 or newer, and iPad Pro.
Previously, Wonderscope was a free app with a mix of free and paid AR stories; his six stories are available for free now.
Fix at 7:32 a.m. PT: The spelling of Amira Learning has been corrected.