San Francisco’s Unity Technologies, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D (RT3D) content, has acquired Port Coquitlam’s Finger Food Advanced Technology Group. The acquisition price was undisclosed.
Founded in 2009, Finger Food uses artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and robotics to solve complex business problems for some of the world’s leading companies.
Unity’s connections to Canada ran deep in advance of this acquisition. Their San Francisco based CEO is John Riccitiello who was previously CEO of Electronic Arts and last year the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board became an investor.
Finger Food will join Unity Industrial, the division responsible for the development and deployment of scalable real-time 3D solutions and services.
“Over the last two years, we’ve made meaningful traction building on our foundation in gaming and extending our leading real-time 3D platform into industries such as media and entertainment; automotive, transportation, manufacturing; and architecture, engineering, and construction,” Unity’s Julien Faure wrote regarding the announcement.
“Across all industries, businesses are realizing the significant impact and unique value of real-time 3D technologies to transform their workflows and create new consumer experiences. That’s where Finger Food comes in.”
Unity has been used to create approximately half of the new mobile games on the market and 60 percent of AR and VR content, including approximately 90 percent on emerging augmented reality platforms, such as Microsoft HoloLens, and 90 percent of Samsung Gear VR content
The acquisition marks a turning point for Unity’s work beyond gaming.
Finger Food will provide Unity’s enterprise customers with design, development, and deployment services such as interactive digital twins of real-world assets like manufactured products and buildings.
Together Unity and Finger Food will translate shared tooling and services programs into repeatable solutions to make it a lot easier for companies across any industry to adopt real-time 3D without needing to ramp up internal expertise, retraining, or upending established processes.
Unity will retain all 200+ members of Finger Foods team and and CEO Ryan Peterson becomes VP, Solutions at Unity.