Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has announced that it has acquired additional talent to help it build better augmented and virtual reality systems. In a blog post, Oculus announced that it has picked up Nimble VR. 13th Lab, and solo researcher Chris Bregler to help ramp up product engineering and research. Each of the three are involved in projects that, if integrated, could help Oculus deliver better virtual experiences.
The three acquisitions together could help Oculus create more dynamic and immersive virtual environments. Nimble VR is working on skeletal tracking, much like what is offered by Microsoft's Kinect, and could help Oculus Rift owners enter the virtual space with their own limbs:
Nimble VR was founded in 2012 by Rob Wang, Chris Twigg, and Kenrick Kin. Since then, they've been developing machine learning and computer vision capabilities to enable high-quality, low-latency skeletal hand tracking, which has the potential to be part of a great VR user experience.
13th Lab's work is focused on 3D modeling and integrating the real and virtual worlds together:
The 13th Lab team has been focused on developing an efficient and accurate real-time 3D reconstruction framework. The ability to acquire accurate 3D models of the real-world can enable all sorts of new applications and experiences, like visiting a one-to-one 3D model of the pyramids in Egypt or the Roman Colosseum in VR.
And Chris Bregler is involved in the motion capture space:
Chris is an expert in the motion capture space. His recent projects include visual tracking for The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Into Darkness movies, both of which were nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.