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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. Google also recently purchased Eyefluence, suggesting we could see eye-tracking in headsets powered by Google in the years to come.

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

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Just what Google has brewing in their skunkworks, we can’t say for sure, but with their most recent acquisition of Eyefluence , a company that builds eye-tracking technology for VR headsets, it seems Google is getting ever deeper into what’s largely considered ‘the next generation’ of dedicated VR hardware.

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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. As it turns out, investment is still flowing into the Chinese VR industry. million). So, no, the Chinese VR industry is not imploding or crashing and burning.

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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. Despite all the activity, AR/VR hardware remains relatively crude.

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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. River Studios Los Angeles will help service the high demand for VR production work that Rothenberg frequently gets contacted for by partners.

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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. The former piece, however, holds a major clue as to why the Facebook-owned VR company made this purchase.

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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.