The week of the annual Consumer Electronics Show is supposed to be filled with good news for the augmented reality industry as AR headset and smartglasses makers show off their new wares.

Alas, as CES wrapped this week, a dark cloud hung over the AR hardware fraternity. We learned that two darlings of CES past, Meta Company and Osterhout Design Group, collapsed under the weight of unfulfilled expectations. Meanwhile, the assets of Blippar, which fell into the UK equivalent of bankruptcy last month, will go on sale next week, with one very intriguing suitor among the bidders.

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