Oculus acquires hand-tracking startup, opens registration for Connect and inks deal with Felix & Paul
Oculus acquired Israeli optical hand-tracking startup Pebbles Interfaces for about $60 million.
“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,” wrote Nadav Grossinger, CTO.
Pebbles joins Oculus’ previous acquisition Nimble Sense, which specialized in hand skeletal tracking. Pebbles’ demonstration video shows no skeletal tracking, so the two technologies may be complementary.
You can now apply to attend Oculus Connect 2, happening in Hollywood from September 23 to 25. The event costs $495 to attend (the price increases to $695 on August 25) with a limited number of “Indie” and “Student” passes available for $95. Oculus will evaluate all applications and those selected will be notified by mid-August. The keynote sessions will be livestreamed on the Oculus website. Brendan Iribe, Michael Abrash and John Carmack are slated to give keynote talks.
Oculus also made a deal with Montreal-based Felix & Paul Studios to make VR experiences for the Rift and Gear VR. The number of experiences included in the deal are unknown, but it is being called “the largest live-action VR deal to date.” Meanwhile, the L.A. Times also got an image from the “Henry” short film coming from Oculus Story Studio. The movie will be unveiled at a premiere event on July 28.
A prolific developer who sold his iPhone development shop to Walmart in 2012 is choosing HoloLens as the platform for Object Theory, his next company. Raven Zachary offered some thoughts on Twitter about the decision to focus on Microsoft’s headset for the business.
“I love VR as a user, and own several devices. I don’t have a clear path to building a biz on VR for clients outside of entertainment. I can build a biz on teams buying 5-10 [Hololens] devices and us building custom software for internal use. Not really planning App Store sales.”