11 January 2017
One of the hottest startups in the virtual reality domain Oculus has completed a new acquisition. Oculus has successfully acquired an eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe for an undisclosed amount. The startup is known for its work in the field of eye-tracking and using it for better control and navigation via smartphones and virtual reality headsets.
The Eye Tribe has developed a $99 eye-tracking device kit for developers which works for a number of devices including phones, computers, and VR headsets. Its portfolio also includes a technology which generates graphics only at the position where the viewer is looking. This helps devices in saving computational power which is a lot of improvement for devices at smaller level with low power to begin with.
At the moment, it is unknown what exactly Oculus plans to do with The Eye Tribe but it can surely be a good thing for the future of virtual reality. One of the various possible future implementation could be the smooth rendering of complex and resource-intensive VR content on VR headsets and smartphones.
And if Oculus decides to implement the eye-tracking technology into its own VR headsets, it could be a good thing. There is no doubt that using eye-movements for navigation and other VR-world controls will be a more convenient way than the currently used methods that rely on hand movements.
Here is a video showing how eye-tracking can change the way we interact with things around us.