Facebook expands the research facilities for its Oculus Rift VR. The social platform is getting ready to open its newest location dedicated to the research for the Oculus VR in Pittsburgh. Representatives of the organization confirmed the information appeared in tech media after a regional publication announced that it rented its 20,000 sq. ft. construction in this city.
Facebook bought the Oculus venture back in 2014 and drawn by the huge pool of talent arriving from the IT labs in the local area and other regional educational institutions. Furthermore, the social giant already published a series of job listings aimed to attract computer vision technicians, developers or post-doctoral scientists.
These areas of study are also important for recent self-driving vehicles, which is the reason why Uber, or allegedly Apple, lately opened a shop near the city. The VR organization, created more than three years ago, is regarded as an innovator in the immersive VR field.
Facebook paid more than $2 billion for Oculus’ acquisition, a deal that involved $400 million cash and over 23 million shares from the stock. This was an essential move in order to get the company two years after Facebook’s creator Mark Zuckerberg became fascinated by this technology while testing a model himself.
Oculus receives tons of hype as it prepares its device to debut these months. The highly anticipated Oculus VR headset started as a regular Kickstarter venture released by the organization’s founder, the famous Palmer Luckey.
With the device, Oculus will add two VR games along with a remote used to look for content in the online stores. The company also mentioned that it is collaborating with other app designers in the market to make extra software for its device.
The news that Oculus now looks for computer technicians is exciting, but not so surprising for those in the tech field. To track the user’s movements, the $600 customer Rift uses a “constellation” program with the external visual indicators that identify LEDs inside the device.
However, the producer may want to supplement these features with a series of marker less movement trackers. These programs use a regular digicam and tons of calculations to determine the exact position of the wearer.
Future Rift designs may also sport inside out monitoring that uses the camera installed on the gadget. Another idea is that the company is interested to apply Hololens-type AR, which needs a computer visuals program to model the external spaces.
People will undoubtedly figure out what Facebook is up to, but it is obvious that the social giant is ready to get ahead its competition. The job offering demands that applicants should graduate with their BS diploma by 2016.
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