Oculus VR has announced today via its blog, the acquisition of Pebbles Interfaces, one of the leading company’s in depth sensing technology and computer vision.
Pebbles Interfaces, based in Israel, has spent the past five years developing technology that uses custom optics, sensor systems and algorithms to detect and track hand movement. The technology that the company has been working on, is based on the structured light approach, can detect and segment hands and human skin. The team at Pebbles will be joining the hardware engineering and computer vision teams at Oculus VR to help advance virtual reality, tracking, and human-computer interactions.
Nadav Grossinger, CTO of Pebbles Interfaces, gave this statement about the acquisition: “At Pebbles Interfaces, we’ve been focused on pushing the limits of digital sensing technology to accelerate the future of human-computer interaction. Through micro-optics and computer vision, we hope to improve the information that can be extracted from optical sensors, which will help take virtual reality to the next level. We’ve always believed visual computing will be the next major platform in our lifetime, and we’re excited to join the Oculus team to achieve that vision for the future.”
Its not yet clear if the technology Pebbles Interfaces has been working on will be intergrated with Oculus VR’s own Touch controllers or if it will be developed separately.
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