Oculus VR acquires Surreal Vision and their 3D scene reconstruction technology

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By John Callaham on 26 May 2015 03:31 pm

The Oculus VR team is getting bigger, thanks to the company's move to acquire Surreal Vision, a UK-based team that's developing technology based on real-time 3D scene reconstruction . This would seem to be a perfect fit for the upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Oculus VR, which is owned by Facebook, announced the Surreal Vision deal in a blog post. Specific financial details were not revealed but it did say that the three founders of Surreal Vision will continue their work at Oculus Research in Redmond, Washington. Here's what the team collectively wrote as part of the post:

At Surreal Vision, we are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, up-to-date model of everything in the environment including people and their interactions with each other. We're developing breakthrough techniques to capture, interpret, manage, analyse, and finally reproject in real-time a model of reality back to the user in a way that feels real, creating a new, mixed reality that brings together the virtual and real worlds.

Ultimately, these technologies will lead to VR and AR systems that can be used in any condition, day or night, indoors or outdoors. They will open the door to true telepresence, where people can visit anyone, anywhere.

Oculus VR is preparing to hold a big press event on June 11 in San Francisco. The final consumer version of the Oculus Rift is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2016.

Source: Oculus VR

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Oculus VR acquires Surreal Vision and their 3D scene reconstruction technology