Oculus has acquired computer vision company Zurich Eye, a 10-man team formed of members from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. The team will join Oculus’ new engineering office in the capital, which is dedicated to computer vision.
Not much is known about Zurich Eye, but the company website outlines its mission as, “Zurich Eye enables machines to independently navigate in any space. Our hardware/software system provides reliable and sub-centimetre accurate position information to robots that navigate indoors, in urban areas, and in fully open space.”
We don’t think that Oculus is planning a robot uprising though; if Zurich Eye’s hardware/software ‘enables machines to independently navigate in any space’, it could possibly help with in-headset tracking, removing the need for external sensors currently used with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. What’s more, if an HMD could ‘see’ its own position in physical space, the possibility of increasing the scale of VR follows. Room-scale could turn into something like ‘hall-scale’, or maybe even bigger.