Augmented reality search engine Blippar raises $54 million


Blippar, the AR company that lets you see extra, rich content by simply pointing your phone at an object, has today announced the close of a $54 million Series D funding round. The round was led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment arm of the Government of Malaysia, and existing investors also participated in the round.

Blippar launched back in 2012 with the mission of bringing augmented reality to everyday objects on behalf of brands, advertisers, and publishers. With the addition of a Blipp on objects like magazine pages and ketchup bottles, Blippar could serve added content to consumers by simply letting them scan a Blipp on that object.

But Blippar has grown over the past four years to now move beyond simply letting brands and publishers add augmented reality content. Now, the company serves up AR content in real-time for troves of real-world objects like plants, animals, food on the plate, etc.

Leading brands can tap into Blippar’s machine learning platform to index their wares, so that users can, for example, scan a pair of Nike shoes and instantly get information on their price, availability, etc.

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