• Dov Katz – Technology in our hands

  • Posted on October 15, 2018
  • The effect of modern technology is evident in the gaming and telecommunication industry. Gone are the days of brick game and computer. Even the use of landline telephone service is not that much important. People today are using smartphones and phablets. They don’t even need a load to communicate with other people. All they need is a reliable internet connection and the big world will become smaller. This is all because of modern technology.

    Dov Katz is one of the people who become interested in the latest technology, especially machine learning and computer vision. As a matter of fact, together with his team, they were able to create a breakthrough in modern technology; the Oculus Rift VR. It is a headset that when worn will immerse you in the virtual world. He was a senior engineer for computer vision at Oculus at that time. The headset was originally created for gamers and game developers.

    Dov Katz was the one who created the original position tracking system. When the owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg tried the headset, he became interested and felt like he can incorporate the headset into the features of Facebook. He acquired Oculus for $2 billion both in cash and stocks. It is a worthy decision. After all, Oculus is one of the best technology company in the world.

    Dov Katz became the head for computer vision at the time of acquisition but later on left the company. As with his educational background, Dov is a graduate of computer science and electrical engineering from the Tel-Aviv University in Israel. He had his masters and Ph.D. degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a post-doc fellow at the Robotics Institute.

    You can check out Dov Katz's channel on Vimeo for more news and robotics demonstrations.

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