Microsoft Looking To Enter The VR Headset Fray – Acquires Japanese Eye Tracking Startup To Gain One Over Oculus

Ramish Zafar
Posted Jul 25, 2014
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With the launch of the Oculus VR, and the company reportedly looking to further expand the headset the future of virtual reality seems to be near us. Oculus’ VR headset is an impressive product indeed and is gaining quite a lot of traction in the correct market. Looking at its popularity, looks like Microsoft doesn’t want to be left behind here either. According to Eurogamer, the company has just acquired a Japanese startup with technology thats even more impressive than the one touted by Oculus. The Japanese startup FOVE has just been accepted into Microsoft Ventures London accelerator program. What’s interesting here is that the Microsoft Ventures London program, as the name suggests is for UK based companies only. So Redmond must really be impressed with what it sees in FOVE.

Microsoft Accepts FOVE Into London Ventures Program – FOVE Claims To Have The World’s First Head-Mounted Eye Tracking Display

As you can see in the video above, FOVE does seem to have some pretty amazing technology when it comes to VR. To learn more about the startup, you can also visit their webpage. FOVE claims that its head gear is the world’s first head gear to have eye-tracking mounted in it. If thats indeed true, then the potential arising from it is limitless indeed. While Oculus’ technology is limited primarily to gaming, with FOVE Microsoft can enter other sectors as well, including medical apps.

FOVE itself is also looking into medical uses for the device reportedly. These include allowing disabled users to perform tasks simply by moving their eyes. Nevertheless, the primary function of the device still will be for gaming.With eye-tracking under its belt, Microsoft will have a lot of advantage over Oculus in the gaming wearables market. Sounds very interesting indeed. Lets hope Redmond can fully capitalize on the potential offered by FOVE. We’ll have some truly amazing products with us indeed if it does.

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