The company behind the Rift virtual reality headset is about to expand, as Oculus has now acquired two more virtual reality star-up companies.
Oculus VR is the creator of the popular- though still in-development- virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift. The Rift allows users to view games in a stereoscopic 3D perspective, with the camera adjusting to the slightest head-turn or tilt of the user. Back in March, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had purchased Oculus VR; while the acquisition upset many fans, it was made clear that the business deal will only provide Oculus with the funding to continue developing their products.
Last Friday, the Oculus team announced that the company recently acquired 13th Lab, Nimble VR and motion-capture veteran Chris Bregler. 13th Lab is a talented group of individuals who focused on 3D reconstruction of real-world structures and architectural feats; what was once “3Gear Systems”, Nimble VR was founded in 2012 with the goal of developing low-latency skeletal hand-tracking software; Chris Bregler is a talented motion-capture specialist, who’s contributed to such companies as Disney Feature Animation and LucasFilm’s Industrial Light and Magic. 13th Lab, Nimble VR and Bregler will “all be windown down their existing projects” in order to work with Oculus full-time as part of their product engineering and Oculus Research divisions.
The Oculus Rift is still in development, however interested developers and tech-savvy fans can purchase one of two Development Kits through the Oculus website.