Google Acquires Eye-tracking Company Eyefluence, Reportedly Building VR Headset With Tech

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A report from Engadget published yesterday maintains that Google’s secret standalone VR headset “will integrate eye-tracking and use sensors and algorithms to map out the real-world space in front of a user.” SEE ALSO Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch.

How Eye Tracking is Driving the Next Generation of AR and VR

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The industry has been experiencing a boom in recent years with hundreds of startups and heavy investment from tech giants including Google, Apple, Samsung, and Facebook. In January of 2017, FOVE, a Japanese VR startup, released the first eye-tracking VR headset.

90% of Chinese VR Startups Have Gone Bankrupt. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.

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With notable exceptions, these are often companies producing cheap replicas of existing mobile hardware like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear without any additional, unique features. News China Chinese VR FOVE iiMedia

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The Women of AR+VR: Founders

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Jeri Ellsworth co-founded the augmented reality game company castAR in 2013, when there was no phone-based AR and critics of Google Glass were drowning out its enthusiasts. Yuka, a former Sony game designer, cofounded FOVE in 2014.

Eye-Tracking Group Tobii Plans To Invest $16 Million In VR By 2019

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Eye-tracking has a number of applications for VR, including foveated rendering and avatar replication, and can already been seen in upcoming headsets like the FOVE 0. We recently tried eye-tracking as a means of input inside VR with FOVE, though found it came with its own set of problems.

River Studios Comes to LA with VR Studio

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Rothenberg Ventures is a VR-focused venture capital company that has made early-stage investments in VR startups like Wevr , Jaunt , AltspaceVR and FOVE.

‘MARUI’ Plugins Bring VR Support to 3D Tools Maya and Blender

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MARUI supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and all Windows MR headsets, while BlenderXR supports all these and the eye tracking PC VR headset ‘FOVE 0’ too. like Google’s Tilt Brush and Facebook’s Quill.

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Oculus Enters The VR Eye-Tracking Arms Race With ‘Eye Tribe’ Acquisition

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There is something of an arms race developing between the major VR hardware companies (Facebook, Google, HTC, Sony) to add more intuitive controls for VR. Recently, Google acquired a company called Eyefluence. Companies like FOVE are having big breakthroughs using eye tracking to enhance social interaction in VR and foveated rendering techniques could make VR/AR more processor efficient than ever.

Privacy in VR Is Complicated and It’ll Take the Entire VR Community to Figure It Out

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He works at FOVE which is making a VR headset with eye-tracking, but wanted to speak to me on his own behalf about some of the deeper philosophical questions and conceptual frameworks around the types of intimate data that will become available to VR headsets.

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Creators Behind ‘Monument Valley’, ‘Wallace and Gromit’, and More Share VR Insights Ahead of Develop:VR Conference in London

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The team has also been working closely as an approved content provider for Oculus (Rift), Valve (Vive), Samsung (Gear VR) and Fove, plus building release VR demos for Autodesk, AMD and The Foundry. The first ever Develop:VR conference debuts in London tomorrow, December 1st.

GDC 2017: SMI Is Working With Valve To Bring Eye-Tracking To OpenVR

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In fact, this tech is apparently behind the mixed reality face-scanning tech that Google demonstrated last week, bringing a user’s full face into these videos. That’s something that eye-tracking headset FOVE is looking into , as announced this week, and will no doubt become an important feature of many devices in the future.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Android users have been able to take impromptu 360 photos with their phone since late last year with the Google Cardboard Camera app, and if you’re a jealous iOS user like me then you’ll love this: now Apple lovers can take a quick panorama photo with the Cardboard Camera app , too.

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Korean Patent Shows Samsung Gear VR with Positional, Face and Eye Tracking

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Google recently purchased Eyefluence , a company that was making perhaps the most significant strides in VR eye tracking, for an undisclosed sum. Companies like FOVE are already hoping to create headsets that have this capability but it would be a significant coup to see it incorporated into one of the industry’s most “mainstream” devices. The Samsung Gear VR is one of the most successful virtual reality headsets of all time when it comes to pure numbers.

A Work in Progress: Virtual Reality

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As of January 2016, Google Cardboard has shipped over 5 million units. Fove has created an eye-tracking headset, which other headset manufacturers may seek to include in future iterations.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Samsung VR is now somewhat similar to the App Store or Google Play store in that it’s where you can find the latest content for virtual reality products.

CES 2017 VR And AR News Roundup: Everything You Might Have Missed

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Many of the biggest companies on the planet, from Samsung and HTC, to Facebook, Amazon, and Google, and even all the way to Ford, Mercedez, and countless startups, all gather in the desert at the start of the year to unveil the latest and greatest advancements in consumer electronics. Eye-Tracking VR Headset FOVE 0 Costs $599, Starts Shipping January 2017 [ Link ]. Gap And Google Just Showed Us How AR Shopping Will Work [ Link ].

Valve, SMI and Tobii Preview VR’s Eye Tracking Future In HTC Vive

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FOVE is distributing a eye-tracking headset too. Meanwhile, both Google and Facebook have acquired eye tracking technologies within the last year — underscoring the expectation that the technology will power future headsets.

The High-end VR Room of the Future Looks Like This

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AR mode will be everywhere else: calling a heads up display of Google Maps on the street, stopping to catch a Pokemon in a field, or scanning the person in the coffee meeting across from you to cross-reference their LinkedIn profile. Eye tracking: Fove: Eyefluence: SMI: Bladerunner (film).

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