Oculus VR picks up Google Glass engineer
May 19, 2014 // 10:18 a.m.
Google Glass lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong has been snapped up by Oculus VR.
Wong will be working on the Oculus Rift as an engineer and will be involved in ‘Building the Metaverse’ according to his LinkedIn profile. This is most likely a reference to the virtual reality MMO that Oculus VR was talking about earlier this month.
His previous position at Google is listed as ‘Professional Daydreamer’ and he was with the company for three and a half years working on both the explorer and consumer versions of Google Glass .
The Oculus team has been attracting a lot of development talent in recent months. Following on from legendary developer John Carmack joining the company as its chief technology officer last August, several other experienced Id Software developers have followed to join the team and earlier this month, former art director and founding member of 343 Industries, Kenneth Scott joined Oculus VR as its art director.
Oculus VR has also acquired some team members from Valve with studio veterans Aaron Nicholls and Michael Abrash joining to work under Atman Binstock, Valve’s former lead engineer on its own virtual reality project.
A release date for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift has still not been announced, although an upgraded version of the developer’s kit is expected to ship in July. The Google Glass project is also in a similar position and is currently in an open beta stage with US citizens able to sign up to to try it out with a full release expected later this year.
Earlier this year, Facebook surprised the gaming press by putting down $2bn to buy Oculus VR. The virtual reality device drew the attention of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg because he sees the potential in it for becoming a communication device. Despite this, Zuckerberg was careful to emphasise that they have no intention of taking the device away from its intended gaming application.