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Pulli joins as CTO of Meta

Augmented reality startup Meta has hired longtime industry veteran Kari Pulli to serve as Chief Technology Officer of its core products division, so say a number of articles today (e.g. bizjournals).

Pulli has worked in senior positions at Nokia and Nvidia, most recently serving as CTO of Intel’s Imaging and Camera Technologies group, Meta said in a statement on Monday.

The San Mateo-based startup, Meta, makes an augmented reality headset that costs $950. It differs from other AR headsets like Google Glass in that people can interact with, and virtually pick up, holographic objects in the field of view. Promotional videos from the company suggest facial recognition could be coming, so that you could pull up supplemental information about a person and their work as you’re talking to them.

Eventually, proponents of augmented reality say, this tech will be small enough to fit discreetly in conventional-looking glasses — or even eventually inside contact lenses. Today, though, the Meta 2 headset still looks like a somewhat clunky, futuristic pair of ski goggles.

Pulli’s research has been nearly exclusively in cameras, imaging and augmented reality technology. Prior to joining Intel, he worked as a vice president at Palo Alto-based Light, helping develop software that combined multiple images from multiple cameras into a single high-resolution image.

Meta launched in 2012 and was accepted into Y Combinator’s summer 2013 class. It’s raised an estimated $73 million to date, and is led by CEO Meron Gribetz.