Friday, December 12, 2014
Oculus VR Buys Two Computer Vision Companies
Irvine-based virtual reality technology developer Oculus VR has made two computer vision acquisitions, saying Thursday that it is acquiring Nimble VR, a developer of hand tracking technology; 13th Lab, a developer of technology to acquire 3D models of the real world; and also hired computer vision expert Chris Bregler, an expert in the motion capture space. Nimble VR was formerly known as 3Gear Systems, and was founded by Rob Wang, Chris Twigg, and Kenrick Kin, and develops skeletal hand tracking technology that uses machine learning and computer vision techniques. 13th Lab's technology is used to acquire 3D models of the real world. Bregler was behind the 3D capture techniques used in The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Into Darkness.