Oculus VR has today announced a major new acquisition in the Seattle-based Carbon Design Group. The industrial design and product engineering company is best known for its work with Microsoft, having created the asthetic designs for both the Xbox 360 controller and the Kinect motion sensor. The company will join Oculus VR in working on the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2014.
“A few seconds with the latest Oculus prototypes and you know that virtual reality is for real this time. From a design and engineering perspective, building the products that finally deliver consumer virtual reality is one of the most interesting and challenging problem sets ever,” said Carbon Design Group creative director Peter Bristol.
“This is an entirely open product category. With consumer VR at its inception, the physical architectures are still unknown — We’re on the cutting edge of defining how virtual reality looks, feels, and functions.
“We’re incredibly excited to be part of the team and we’re looking forward to helping design the future.”
Oculus VR also pointed out that the company had already been working with Carbon Design Group for over a year on ‘unannounced projects’, perhaps relating to the rumoured input peripheral that the company has hinted at in the past, though this isn’t confirmed. The group will be collaborating with Oculus VR’s R&D team in Redmond and could well play a part in designing the final consumer version of the headset, which CEO Brendan Iribe recently revealed was in the prototype stages at the company.
Expect to hear much more on Carbon Design Group’s work in the future, then. VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR and report back with any more updates on its development of the Oculus Rift VR headset and more.