Facebook-owned Oculus has acquired a start-up that might offer clues about the next-gen Rift headset’s killer feature.
The VR specialist has purchased The Eye Tribe, a 16-person firm that builds eye-tracking software (via Recode).
As a result of the acquisition those folks will now be joining Team Oculus, presumably with a view towards building the tech into future Rift iterations.
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The Eye Tribe currently makes a $99 development kit that offers creators the chance to base graphical rendering on where the wearer is looking.
While the current Rift model uses head tracking technology to enable users to look around virtual environments, eye-tracking tech would be a potential game changer in other ways.
Rift wearers would have the ability to gaze around their surroundings, or select items from a menu just by directing their eyes in the desired direction.
It could be especially effective in gaming situations that require players to make rapid movements.
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