Oculus VR hires Google Glass engineer

Oculus Rift maker continues to hire top talent in the industry.

Oculus VR has hired Google Glass engineer Adrian Wong.

Wong, who’s been with Google since 2010, was working at Google[x], which is dedicated to more experimental, ambitious projects like Google’s driverless car and Project Loon, which aims at bringing internet access to rural areas with high altitude Balloons.

Wong worked on both the Explorer and Consumer editions of Google’s wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. As Senior Hardware Engineer, he was responsible for end-to-end rapid prototyping, display subsystem design and architecture, supply chain management, technology scouting, and research and development in custom display architectures and sensors. It’s not hard to imagine how this experience will be of use to Oculus as it tries to grow it business with Facebook’s support.

TechCrunch first noticed that Wong’s Linkedin profile lists his new title at Oculus as “Engineer,” but we don’t know exactly what he’ll be doing there. The only description of the job at the moment is “building the Metaverse.”

Oculus has been hiring a lot of top talent for the past few months. Since id Software’s master of Doom John Carmack joined the company, it has also hired Valve’s VR developer Michael Abrash as its "Chief Scientist," and creator of Valve’s “VR Room” Atman Binstock as its Chief Architect.

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Discussion

53 comments
megakick
megakick

I think I like the old design better, now it looks like a toy.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Soon we'll get reports like "I didnt use any technology from the google glass project...honest".

philly215
philly215

lol the VR Naysayers crack me up


you guys never owned or tried and Oculus Rift devkit....heard about the Facebook money....and started panicking over something you havent even experienced....and how it will be a "Niche" Market


shut your wanna-be game analyst ass up and let me school you son


i OWN an Oculus Rift Dev Kit Version 1......i am not a hardcore gamer....i used to be, but this generation of "Next Gen" was such a small and boring jump forward....that i found myself playing my xbox one less and less.


consoles bore me now...underpowered, takes forever for a game to come out....and then a game like titanfall drops and i get bored with it in a week, call of duty with robots and a leaderboard....big woop


ive had more fun in my Oculus Rift.....than ive had with my Xbox One ALL YEAR.....i put on the headset and became immersed in a virtual space station VR Chatroom....walking up to guys and introducing myself by name, talking about what the future holds, virtually shaking hands and looking around the room at all the details like i was really there.


you cant compare that to xbox live party chat lol


and the games coming out for it are mind blowing....the demos alone make me feel like im left my little apartment behind and stepped into the year 2048


if you can buy a ps4.....you will want to buy an oculus rift.....which actually is a STEP FORWARD in gaming....and not some minor upgrade


its like buying a Tesla Supercar ...over a ford pinto

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

Stay away from this s-h-i-t. people are already dumbed down enough not to have any idea whats going on in the world and who runs it ( World Banking Cartel that owns White House). Mainly in America, like zombies, no offense if you from there :)


Dont get plugged into the Matrix you fools.



cratecruncher
cratecruncher

Pretty slow on the VR news front.  I wish we'd start hearing more product development news. Oculus was all over the headlines until they sold the company and then zilch.


VR may stay only for hardcore single players or it may go mainstream.  I don't care at the moment. I just want mine now!

clickpwn
clickpwn

who are they gonna hire next? Hideo Kojima?

wth gamespot, you don't have to tell us everyone going through interview room door at oculus

after few articles I feel like I know whos the janitor of their office building

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

"building the Metaverse"

Facebook scheme to plug us all into the Matrix confirmed

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

They can hire all the talent they want, no one can change the fundamental problems VR headsets are facing. They will be a niche product and nothing is going to stop that. 

No matter how much people love them when they try them, trying them at a games convention or using an office dev kit is not the same as buying one and using it on a day to day, week to week, month to month basis.

Hardcore gamers who rarely play games in a group will use them and that is it. What proportion of the gaming population is that? 10%? 20%? I don't know but it isn't that many.

Why will people buy these when they already have monitors and TVs that work fine? When these offer great immersion but reduce overall convenience, such as having to remove them to read a text message? Cannot be used in a group under any real circumstances meaning every family and group will be out by default?

And all for the not very cheap price of $300 per head set. This will be filed in the "not viable/not wanted" category along side 3D.

observer98
observer98

Seems they're putting those billions to good use.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Facebook hiring people from Google.  Wow, that never happens.  Sensationalize some more, Gamespot.

JoInfo
JoInfo

Well, time to go threatening their families again.

kereke12
kereke12

I think VR is just a joke now

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

so much hype for yet another vr headset that will be gathering dust in the bottoms of closets a year after it launches.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

Now they have the brains to go along with all that money.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

oh GREAT! Now people are going to go out in public with their Rift and I'm going to have no idea if they're recording me or not.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@daikkenaurora12  Apparently there's a patent about stealing peoples data, Im pretty sure both Oculus and Google glass will use it

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@Spartan_418  Stay away from that s-h-i-t man. people are already dumbed down enough not to have any idea whats going on in the world and who runs it ( World Banking Cartel that owns White House). Mainly in America, like zombies, no offense if you from there :)

Kunakai
Kunakai

@Dannystaples14  Niche? Given the amount of interest this generation of VR devices has I really don't think that will be the case. 

I'm not sure what your second point is trying to illustrate? 

Hardcore gamers also play games in groups, CoD and WoW for example. 

Why would people buy an Xbox One or PS4 when they already have 360's and PS3's? Surely they could implement text messages on the headset? Smartphones can do some crazy stuff these days. 

$300 for a motion sensitive display is pretty damn cheap. 

Granted, there's a chance VR could just go tits up again but I think that chance is much smaller than you seem to believe. Either ways, I'll be getting the first commercial version as soon as it's available!

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

@Dannystaples14 I don't think you understand the potential of augmented reality.

Hardcore immersive video games that are fully graphically rendered & thus not quite real looking will always be a minority group in the population. Think of the potential of casual gaming if  they slap on a front-facing camera & put computer rendered elements into the real world. That's why facebook is interested in this. It may not be in the first gen to release to the public, but give it some time. I'm not saying it WILL take off, but the potential is definitely there.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@Dannystaples14 It doesnt take that much imagination to see this type of this used for lots of things besides games. I mean you do virtual surgery among many other things. I think it COULD become big, but it depends its not for sure.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@liquidbutter Rift is pretty fooking big not to notice. Now if they minimize google glass...

Excalibus
Excalibus

@liquidbutter  The streets are already littered with people filming everything with their smartphones. One can like it or not, but this is not the 20th century anymore.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Kunakai Also hardcore gamers if they play in groups tend to take their PCs and consoles around to friends houses. Casual players don't do that.

Competitive gamers when they facing each other at competitions will have their own consoles/PCs. When was the last time you saw a family with three or four of the same console in the living room?

Group gaming is about socializing and having fun TOGETHER. Not interacting with each other via avatars online while sat in different rooms of the same house.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Kunakai It has been given a lot of attention from sites like this and gamers like us who can be considered HARDCORE gamers. Well I'm not strictly hardcore but I'm as close as a person can get without being casual.

This will be NICHE because the only people who will want it will be hardcore gamers. Hardcore gamers are a MINORITY in the gaming population. That is a niche product if ever I heard it.

The point is in the REAL world, people like families and friends generally congregate around a single TV and play together against each other.

With VR headsets the game needs to be rendered individually to each headset in full 1080p to offer proper HD and immersion. An Xbox One can't render 1080p once at the moment and PS4 can only just do it once, and it will never be able to do it twice. Which means if you use VR headsets in a group on console only one person will be able to play the game at a time, while the others will be forces to spectate. Which is the exact opposite of why people play together.

A TV that people already own lets them play all at once together in the same game. A VR headset can't and it costs $300 a pop. Why would anyone choose that?

Sure put text messages on the headset, I'm sure that is possible. How would you reply? Ever tried using a touch screen without looking at it? Impossible. A keyboard? I can just about do it but I do take a glance every once in a while to increase accuracy.

And many people can't touch type so not possible for them. But the point is why would they go through all of that when they can just use a TV they already own and use the phone in the same way it has always been used and in a way which we know is already efficient and works?

$300 is damn cheap, but it isn't cheap when you consider you are ADDING inconvenience into your life and when you consider your average family will have to buy 3 or more of these at a time. Which means a family of 3 will need $900 worth of headsets. Which can't be used with gaming in a group.

All when they have a TV already that can do everything the VR headsets can't. VR headsets might have been great if they hit mainstream but they never will.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@bbq_R0ADK1LL No computer whether PC or otherwise is capable fully graphical rendering to the point of people mistaking it for real life, anyone who says otherwise is deluding themselves. Therefore not true virtual reality. Even on a maxed out PC game you still know you are in a game, it is no Matrix. That might be different in a simulator built on a massive computer stack with 10 graphics cards and 50 CPU cores but games won't be simulations for a very long time yet.

The key there is HARDCORE. 90% of the gaming market are NOT hardcore. They are casual. As long as this is for the hardcore market it is for the MINORITY market.

Rendered elements into the real world? You are mistaking VR with Augmented Reality. This will so far as we have come to believe not feature augmented reality.

If I want to read Facebook, which I sure don't by the way, why would I strap something to my face to do it when a PC monitor works just as well?

Why do I need immense immersion for FACEBOOK!?

See my point? You saying it won't necessarily take off is fine, my problem is I'm having a hard time convincing myself it will take off at all except in niche hardcore markets.

hystavito
hystavito

@abcdefgabcdefgz @Dannystaples14  But again those are small markets, not the next big thing everyone is going to have.  I agree about the convenience problem, and I've been saying it a lot.  Smartphones and tablets are booming because they are super convenient and cater to the, laziness for lack of a better word, of most people.  Hell just powering something on/off is considered a hassle nowadays with everyone used to their always on phones and tablets.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Chatch09 Going to the front door. Having to remove them to go see how my tea/dinner is going, where as right now I can stand between the Kitchen and my living room with a controller and continue playing from the doorway, going to let my dog into the garden, someone calls me to do a favor like throw something upstairs for them.

All of these things have added weight to them when using a headset compared to just using a TV, it might only be as simple as removing the headset but over time, when you are busy and people are calling you often as days quite frequently go, then it adds frustration to it as well most likely.

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

@Dannystaples14 @bbq_R0ADK1LLDid you even read what I wrote? I was talking about augmented reality.

This is a VR device now but the technology it uses will advance AR & that's where the casual market is. That's where the profit will be.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@liquidbutter  If I saw someone in public with an Oculus Rift on I'd stay the hell away from them so I didn't have to witness the mugging that was inevitably about to happen.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

@strahd01 @liquidbutterIf you saw someone in public with an Oculus Rift on, you would be more concerned with the fact they can't see where they're going rather than if they're recording you.

strahd01
strahd01

@liquidbutter @Excalibus  I think your confusing the  Rift and Google Glasses. I don't think anytime in the future will people be walking around in real life wearing the Rift since the point of it is to be put in a Virtual world, you can't see the real world. So beware of people wearing Google Glasses if you don't want to be recorded.