Having worked for various companies manufacturing and designing their dream devices and turning them into reality, the Carbon Design Team is now going to work with the Oculus Rift. In it’s final stages, the Oculus Rift is making some moral boosting decisions. I know this might sound new to some of you, but the Carbon Design Team was the ‘Golden Hand’ behind the success of Microsoft’s Xbox Controller. Here’s what the Oculus Rift’s Team said,
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.
WHAT IS THE CARBON DESIGN TEAM?
With an experience of over 20 years in product design consultancy, the Carbon Design Group is one that is very well renowned. Their 20 year history of taking consumer, medical and industrial products from concept to completion would be a real help to Oculus Rift in their final stages of 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. For their hard work the Carbon Design Group has been awarded 50 times for their phenomenal efforts. Among these awards is being the winner of IDEA numerous times. Simply their message is,
We’re passionate about the power of design to make a difference. From start to finish, we’re focused on creating more than products; we’re focused on creating impact. Impact in the market. Impact on the bottom line. And, most of all, impact on users lives.
THEIR IMPACT TO THE OCULUS RIFT
If you’ve been following the development of VR Headsets, then you most likely agree that the Oculus Rift is destined to be a success. The Carbon Design Group has just added a bit more momentum to the already expanding fame of the Oculus Rift. This was only a little teaser of what people should expect from the Oculus Rift, in terms of build quality and the attention the deveopers are paying to it. It is my opinion that this group will show the world what the Oculus Rift is capable of, assuring the fact that Oculus Rift will come out all guns-blazing in the sprawling world of VR gaming. I think the Carbon Design Group will provide the Oculus Rift the super- futuristic look with the same expertise as they did for Microsoft in their handful of projects. If Oculus would sell reference designs for products like HMDs (and maybe input devices) I can see them benefiting a LOT from such a professional team. But I also hope that we will see plenty of cool gadgets we do not yet expect. Apart from the Kinect’s major and minor drawbacks, the Carbon Design Group will provide a more professional design to the Oculus Rift and maybe some of the add-ons we have not even thought of. For example, add-ons for HMD might include a rifle type joystick for playing FPS or TPS games.
It should be clearly acknowledged that Carbon Design Group was the reason of success of several big projects. Some of their projects include 4 specifically designed for the Microsoft mice, an Xbox Controller, the Xbox’s D-pad and Kinect etc.
What are your thoughts on the Oculus, now acquiring the Carbon Design Group? Will this take the Oculus Rift to the next level?