Oculus VR Explores Hand Tracking Technology With Its Nimble VR Acquisition

December 24th, 2014 at 2:31 am

Oculus RiftDevelopments in virtual technology have become quite exciting of late. The emergence of the Oculus Rift seems to have pushed the technology back into relevance. Oculus VR, the company behind the popular, yet still unavailable VR headgear, has been noted to have realized the potential that VR may have in the video gaming front.

Currently, Oculus VR has been able to develop the Oculus Rift with head tracking features, making wearers able to survey the virtual world, changing their field of vision while turning their heads in any direction. But what may currently be absent from the Oculus Rift is the ability to track the motion of your hands and see it through the VR headgear. But the company may be pursuing that path of development with the acquisition of Nimble VR.

Oculus VR recently acquired the two-year old start up that began developing hand tracking technology using gloves and are now developing a 3D camera to achieve the same means. The Nimble Sense, a little sensor camera comes with depth-sensing features and a 110-degree field of view. This camera, according to its developers, creates a 3D point cloud in order to track a user’s movement. This seems to work together with Oculus VR’s vision for hand tracking in virtual reality, hence the recent acquisition. Soon enough, the company may just introduce the next Oculus Rift headgear that will now come with hand tracking features. And in line with that, many people are still eagerly awaiting for the release of the commercial version of the VR headgear from the company. While the Oculus Rift development kit have been astounding so far, having hand tracking features in development will even take VT technology up several notches.

Source: Engadget


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