In 2016, Brendan Iribe stepped down as the CEO of Oculus in pursuit of leading the PC VR division. And in just 2 years time, Brendan Iribe has announced through Facebook that he will be leaving the company (Facebook) as a whole.
So much has happened since the day we founded Oculus in July 2012. I never could have imagined how much we would accomplish and how far we would come. And now, after six incredible years, I am moving on.
I’m deeply proud and grateful for all that we’ve done together. We assembled one of the greatest research and engineering teams in history, delivered the first step of true virtual presence with Oculus Rift and Touch, and inspired an entirely new industry. We started a revolution that will change the world in ways we can’t even envision.
Yet, as far as we’ve come, the journey has just begun. Michael Abrash is right: “These are the good old days”. Now is when we get to pioneer the foundation of the next great computing platform and medium – this is our time to be pushing the state-of-the-art onward and upward. Every part of VR and AR needs to improve, especially the hardware and core technology, and Oculus has the best team in the world to do that. Although we’re still far from delivering the magical smart glasses we all dream about, now they are nearly within our reach.
Working alongside so many talented people at Oculus and Facebook has been the most transformative experience of my career. We have a saying when someone compliments or thanks you – “Team effort”. The success of Oculus was only possible because of such an extraordinary team effort. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone that’s been a part of this amazing journey, especially Mark for believing in this team and the future of VR and AR.
As for me, this will be the first real break I’ve taken in over 20 years. It’s time to recharge, reflect and be creative. I’m excited for the next chapter.
Brendan Iribe is the second member from the founding team to step down since the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook. Founder, Palmer Luckey, stepped away from the company in March of 2017. Iribe hasn’t described the reasoning behind his departure or where he will be heading next.
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During the early moments at OC5, the Oculus team has announced that the Santa Cruz will be releasing under the official name of Oculus Quest. The untethered headset is set to release in Spring of 2019 for $399 USD.
This unique HMD will come equipped with new Touch controllers that make the whole experience seamless. The Oculus Quest will not require any PC or devices to power the headset. Oculus has also stated that there will be over 50 titles lined up for the launch of the Quest including Robo Recall, The Climb, and Moss.
Oculus will be releasing a new teachnology called Oculus Insight which powers the inside-out tracking, Guardian, and Touch controller tracking for the new HMD. They use 4 ultra wide-angle sensors and computer vision algorithms to track your exact position in real time without any external sensors. Insight gives you a greater sense of immersion, presence, and mobility, plus the ability to go beyond room-scale.
Oculus Quest Specs
The headset display will feature 1600 x 1440 per eye with 64 GB of storage. It also incorporates a lens spacing adjustment to help maximize visual comfort. You will also find that the built-in audio is improved over the the Oculus Rift for higher sound quality.
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Oculus Connect 5 is finally upon us. This is the company’s official event where they release big news about new upcoming VR hardware and VR games. The stream will be starting at 10AM PST in San Jose, California.
There are a lot of news to look forward to which includes the Oculus Santa Cruz update, Half Dome update, new VR game announcements, the future outlook of virtual reality, and much, much more.
We will be watching the Keynote together and discussing all that will be happening. Stay tuned as we provide the immediate updates from the conference.
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Facebook’s Oculus has many unique projects developing at the forefront of the company including the Half Dome VR prototype headset. But VP of VR/AR at Facebook Andrew Bosworth “Boz” recently showcased that there might be more to look forward to including the Santa Cruz headset.
I'm out on paternity leave for the next month and sticking to Facebook for that time. If you miss me while I’m gone, you can always look at this picture of me and @jlax playing soccer in mixed reality. It’s just a (very, very early) prototype but that’s how everything starts… pic.twitter.com/JcCoGdHFba
— Boz (@boztank) May 3, 2018
The two pictured above are Boz and Jon Lax who is the AR/VR designer at Facebook. They seem to be using a working Santa Cruz prototype headset which is able to track the physical object while being in the digital space. This is quite exciting to see as the Santa Cruz headset is the next HMD set to release by Facebook. And the speculation is that Oculus is ready to fully showcase the Santa Cruz HMD to the public.
We know that the Santa Cruz headset will provide an untethered 6DoF VR experience but now it seems that they might include a mixed reality portion to it. While the Half Dome VR headset is quite impressive, the Santa Cruz is something to be really excited about since its probably closer to actual release.
If Oculus is able to deliver a 6DoF mixed reality headset with the Santa Cruz, they will be in a league of their own when it comes to the immersive reality platform.
For instance, Magic Leap is currently working on a mixed reality headset but they require you to strap in a circular hardware around the waist. The Santa Cruz is a tetherless headset with everything working out of one unit. More to follow at the OC5 conference.
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