Facebook is expanding its virtual reality platform by acquiring an Israel-based startup, Pebbles Interfaces which specializes in gesture control. The company has been researching depth-sensing technology and computer vision for the last five years. Facebook acquired Pebbles Interface in a $60 million deal and will soon join the virtual reality team of Oculus. The acquired company makes kits with which movements of users can be recognized by headsets and other computers. Using these movements they can be rendered in the virtual world.
How can Pebbles help Facebook?
The gesture control technology of Pebbles can help in the detection of hands and skin of a user who is wearing a virtual reality headset, which will let users see their arms and hands in VR using light sensor technology. It can identify and track a user’s clothing and items in one’s hand while using the VR headset.
CTO of Pebbles Interfaces, Nadav Grossinger wrote on the Oculus blog “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.” He added that “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.”
Mike Schroepfer, the CTO of Facebook said “everyone is going to have to be a little patient” with the company and the futuristic roll out of its VR platform. Facebook has already started its work on the second and third generation versions of the Oculus Rift headset. This is a bit surprising as the consumer release of the headset is yet to happen, which is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2016.
So, with this acquisition of Pebbles Interface, we can expect that we will see virtual reality grow in the coming years. Once the Oculus Rift releases commercially, Facebook will make further improvements to bring more immersion for its consumers and that too in a much bigger and better way.
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