How Facebook AR glasses could become real, thanks to Oculus VR tech

CNET | 8/22/2019 | Scott Stein
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The Oculus Quest, and its built-in tracking system, may point towards AR glasses next.

Facebook's Oculus has seen a lot of changes lately, with departures by key executives from the mobile VR team, Nate Mitchell and Max Cohen. But Facebook's standalone VR headset released this spring, Oculus Quest, remains the best VR hardware achievement this year... and may indicate where Facebook could be heading next in AR.

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Facebook is now talking openly about how Oculus Insight is the technology that will drive future headsets as they move from virtual reality to augmented reality. Insight is the computer vision and AI-based tracking in the Rift S and Quest headsets, which uses in-headset cameras, motion sensors and infrared LEDs in the controllers to map real spaces into VR and make everything feel smooth and fluid. Facebook's not the only company to use this type of tracking in VR, but it's becoming clear that Facebook also sees this tech as the stepping-stone to AR, too, and will be part of what makes Facebook's long-promised AR glasses tech work.

Facebook engineering manager Joel Hesch, who's led development of Oculus Insight, talked to CNET about where the tracking tech could end up.

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There are times when Oculus Quest feels like a gateway to a blend of virtual and real, especially when setting up a virtual playspace boundary and stepping into a play-world bubble: The Oculus Insight camera-based tracking is good enough to feel like you're painting boundaries in the real world. The tracking could be used for larger-scale experiences next.

Hesch referred to last year's Oculus Connect 5 conference as an indicator, referring to an Arena Scale Tracking demo last year where players ran around a giant arena with obstacles, playing a Laser Tag-like version of the VR shooter game Dead and Buried. "We had real world objects, these boxes...
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