Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Scape Technologies

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Facebook quietly acquired London-based computer vision startup Scape Technologies, according to several regulatory filings with the U.K.’s Companies House.

Scape said on its about page that it is building a cloud-based Vision Engine that allows camera devices to understand their environment, using computer vision.

The company added, “Rather than relying on 3D maps built and stored locally, Scape’s Vision Engine builds and references 3D maps in the cloud, allowing devices to tap into a ‘shared understanding’ of an environment.”

Facebook would not reveal the terms of the transaction, with a spokesperson saying in a statement, “We acquire smaller tech companies from time to time. We don’t always discuss our plans.”

Filings with Companies House Jan. 24 revealed that Facebook directly or indirectly holds 75% or more of the shares in the company and that Scape board members Toby Coppel and George Henry de Frahan were out, replaced by Facebook’s Dave Kling and Susan Jennifer Simone Taylor.

On Feb. 5, board members Huub Heijnen and Daniel Richard Miller were removed.

And Monday, Facebook’s Michael Johnson was named secretary and Scape’s address was changed to that of Facebook’s London office, 10 Brock St., Regent’s Place.

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