The creaters of virtual reality headsets Oculus has taken over former developers of Kinect, who worked on the observation of hand movements with the Oculus Rift. Oculus has also acquired a company that specializes in the sketches of 3D models.
Oculus acquires the company Nimble VR presumably because the developers and the product Nimble Sense. That is a device with a camera, and a depth sensor which can detect hand movements in an angle of 110 degrees. The person must be between 10cm and up to 70cm away from the camera. That distance is, according to the developers, inline with the scope of an arm.
The combination with the VR glasses and it’s software, the hand movements of a person can be projected on screen. The development team has worked with the Microsoft Kinect in the past.
The other company which got swollowed by Oculus is 13th Lab, who are working to recreate locations from the physical world into the virtual reality. Oculus indicates that it may be possible for example to visit the pyramids in Egypt or the Colosseum in Rome virtual.
The official announcement can be found on the developers website; https://www.oculus.com/blog/nimble-vr-13th-lab-and-chris-bregler-join-oculus/