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Google building its own VR gadgets, job listings reveal

by Jacob Kleinman | January 25, 2016January 25, 2016 3:30 pm PDT

Rumor has it Google recently launched a dedicated virtual reality division to take on Oculus, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. The company still hasn’t officially confirmed any VR plans beyond Cardboard, but a pair of new job listings suggests the rumors are true.

The new virtual reality-focused position were recently posted online by Google. The company is looking for a PCB Layout Engineer and a Hardware Engineering Technical Lead Manager. The first position would focus on developing the electronics for a new VR device. It suggests the gadget could be developed entirely in-house, and it it should also be a big step up from Cardboard, which relies entirely on your smartphone to power the experience. The second management position has a broader focus on design and execution. It would also involve assembling a new team to focus on virtual reality.

Google’s also made some high-profile hires in the past few days. Vine general manager Jason Toff recently announced his new position at Google where he plans to “work on VR,” suggesting he’s involved in the mysterious initiative. The company also appointed Scott Broock to be YouTube’s “VR Evangelist.”

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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