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Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
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Oculus Agrees to Acquire Carbon Design Team


We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams in the country, with over 50 awards to their name. As part of the deal, the team will officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus, operating from the Carbon studio in the Seattle area. They’ll also be working closely with the Oculus R&D team based out of Redmond. We expect the deal to close by the end of summer.

The Carbon team brings their expertise around building great feeling, great looking consumer products like the Xbox 360 controller. We’ve been working with Carbon for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects.

“A few seconds with the latest Oculus prototypes and you know that virtual reality is for real this time. From a design and engineering perspective, building the products that finally deliver consumer virtual reality is one of the most interesting and challenging problem sets ever.

This is an entirely open product category. With consumer VR at its inception, the physical architectures are still unknown — We’re on the cutting edge of defining how virtual reality looks, feels, and functions.

We’re incredibly excited to be part of the team and we’re looking forward to helping design the future.

- Peter Bristol, Creative Director at Carbon Design





A handful of Carbon’s past projects.

As a company, Carbon Design has a 20 year history of taking consumer, industrial and medical products from concept to completion. Carbon approaches products with a design-driven methodology rooted in quality engineering, ergonomics, deep user insights, and rapid iteration. All of this adds up to an incredible skill set to deliver ground-breaking new virtual reality products.

Please join us in welcoming the Carbon team to Oculus!

If you’re interested in joining Oculus in Irvine, San Francisco, Seattle, or Dallas, we’re recruiting! You can see the latest job posts at

– The Oculus Team

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    1. Creator Johan Munkestam on June 27, 2014

      Very nice news

    2. Creator USM-Valor on June 24, 2014

      Well done, OR. This is a big get for the company. The 360 controller is largely considered to be the best joystick in all of gaming.

    3. Creator David Ross Watson on June 24, 2014

      Wow. Carbon Design have a pretty impressive catalogue of varied and complex tech they've done work on. They must have really blown your expectations out of the water with the first job you gave them. Congrats to Oculus and congrats to CD for joining an awesome team!

      "Multiple unannounced products"
      Squee! XD

    4. Creator David Höfle on June 24, 2014

      most important sentence (4me): "We’ve been working with Carbon for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects."

    5. Creator Eliot Lash on June 24, 2014

      Wow! You're lucky to have gotten such an awesome team all to yourselves. This gives me higher hopes for the design of the consumer HMD. Good luck!

    6. Creator Wilson Bilkovich on June 24, 2014

      Wow, seriously? Is Carbon going to continue to operate as a product consultancy, or are they going to be 100% on Oculus?