Oculus has acquired Pebbles, a company that specializes in tracking hands via visual computing. For Oculus, this represents bringing next-generation hand-sensing, tracking, and visualizations into the fray with virtual reality. Rather than using a controller, soon you’ll be able to see and use your hands.
While we’ve seen glimpses of hand-tracking with the most recent version of Oculus Rift before the consumer edition, this technology should jolt Oculus forward. The demonstration you’re about to see will make the visual situation super simple to comprehend.
“At Pebbles Interfaces, we’ve been focused on pushing the limits of digital sensing technology to accelerate the future of human-computer interaction,” said Nadav Grossinger, CTO of Pebbles Interfaces. “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.”
At this time no details regarding the deal are being discussed by Oculus or Pebbles Interfaces. Oculus will also not be confirming any reports on terms at this time.