Virtual reality company Oculus VR has purchased hand tracking technology company Nimble VR, bringing Oculus Rift a step closer to consumers.

The skeletal hand tracker will be mounted on the existing Oculus VR goggles, according to Nimble’s Kickstarter campaign. With Nimble’s depth-sensing infrared 3D cameras, users will be able to use hand movements to direct the virtual reality experience. The purchase is a significant addition for Oculus, which would have had to rely on physical controllers in the absence of hand tracking technology.

Nimble VR had already gained significant market traction prior to their acquisition. This August they were selected as a finalist in the 2014 TechCrunch Beijing Startup Competition, where they showcased their motion sensor technology. Leading up to their sale, they had more than doubled their original US$62,000 goal during their Kickstarter campaign, which was cancelled in the past 24 hours.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com