Oculus VR will try to improve how people interact with virtual reality items via the acquisition of Israel-based Pebbles Interfaces. The company has created software that allows humans hands to be used when interacting with VR games and experiences.
In its announcement, Oculus VR states:
"Pebbles Interfaces has spent the past five years developing technology that uses custom optics, sensor systems and algorithms to detect and track hand movement. Over time, technology breakthroughs in sensors will unlock new human interaction methods in VR and revolutionize the way people communicate in virtual worlds. Pebbles Interfaces will be joining the hardware engineering and computer vision teams at Oculus to help advance virtual reality, tracking, and human-computer interactions."
The specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Oculus VR, owned by Facebook, plans to launch the commercial version of its VR headset, the Oculus Rift, sometime in the first quarter of 2016. It has partnered with Microsoft in a number of areas, including an agreement to bundle an Xbox One controller with every Oculus Rift. The headset will also be able to be used on Xbox One games that are streamed to a Windows 10 PC.