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Oculus buys gesture-control company Pebbles Interfaces

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Facebook-owned Oculus VR has purchased Pebbles Interfaces, an Israeli company that develops gesture-control and motion-sensor technology.

Pebbles’ technology is designed to create real-world objects in virtual reality environments. The company focuses on rendering virtual images of a person’s actual body, especially the hands and fingers. However, Pebbles noted its technology can display any body part and show details like wrinkles and contours or items held in a user’s hand.

This would allow people who are using the Oculus Rift to see an image of their own hands in the display of the virtual reality headset. Other headsets use generic images of person’s body or don’t allow users to view themselves.

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