GOOGLE TAKES ON EYE-TRACKING VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY WITH EYEFLUENCE PURCHASE

​Google purchased virtual reality eye-tracking software developer Eyefluence, reigniting rumors suggesting the company is developing an unannounced wireless VR headset.
Google’s rumored wireless VR headset will not require a connected PC or smartphone in order to function and the platform is reportedly separate and distinct from Google’s Daydream View virtual reality headgear, which launches in November.

News of the Eyefluence buyout arrived shortly after Engadget published a report indicating Google’s rumored wireless VR gear “will integrate eye tracking and use sensors and algorithms to map out the real-world space in front of a user.” Further evidence that such a headset is close to reality can be found in FCC application for a new prototype device with wireless capability from Google. There isn’t much detail in the filing, but it does appear to be VR-related. Mike Jazayeri is listed as a contact and he currently is part of the leadership of Google’s VR team.

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