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Oculus VR adds ex-Valve engineer and noted robotics researcher to team

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Robotics researcher Dr. Steve LaValle and former Valve software engineer Tom Forsyth are officially members of the Oculus Rift development team, as a company blog post reveals. Forsyth, who worked with Intel and RAD Game Tools as well as Valve, steps in as a software architect.

LaValle, a “world-renowned” robotics researcher, is the company’s new official principal scientist. He previously served as a consultant during the development of the Oculus Rift hardware and software, but now puts his other research on hold to join the team as a full time staffer.

Oculus VR notes that the team continues to grow rapidly, with 20 in-house engineers now on staff. “We’re close now,” the blog post reads, adding that all Oculus Rift development kit units have either shipped or are being processed for shipping.

In addition, Oculus VR is “still looking for the best and brightest in a variety of fields,” and potential applicants are encouraged to sign up at

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