Oculus Aquires Computer Vision Company Zurich Eye
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Oculus makes yet another big move overseas with its latest acquisition of Zurich Eye, a Switzerland-based computer vision company formed by members from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. According to a report by Swiss Info, a Facebook representative confirmed that the 10-man team will join Oculus’ new engineering office in Zurich.
Not much is exactly known about Zurich Eye, however, the company offers a glimpse by defining its mission as, “enabling machines to see,” according to its official website. Its hardware/software system is said to provide reliable and sub-centimeter accurate position information to robots that navigate both indoors and outdoor areas.
While we don’t think Oculus has plans to develop robots to independently navigate spaces, it seems the solution available from Zurich Eye could possibly serve a helpful purpose with inside-out tracking and eliminate the dependency on external sensors as currently used with the Oculus Rift headset for positional-tracking.
Although Oculus already has its own inside-out tracking solution in the works as demonstrated in its prototype standalone headset, Santa Cruz, it seems the company is still aiming toward improving and refining its solution.