We’re joining Oculus!

We have some exciting news to announce today — we’re joining the Oculus team at Facebook!

Since we started our work in 2010, we have developed technology that build upon the idea that the camera is the most important sensor for understanding and interacting with the world around us. Our products have included Ball Invasion (the world’s first iOS application using visual SLAM) and PointCloud SDK, our development platform. We would never have made it this far without the dedication of the team, and the support of our developer community and funders.

Joining Facebook and Oculus will help us advance in our vision. We’re looking forward to building great VR experiences and working on the future of computing. We can’t wait to get started.


For PointCloud SDK developers, please see this forum post for future plans regarding the SDK.

Let us inspire you

with some examples of what we (and you) can do using our technology.

Some serious tech. And we're leading.

We made the camera in your mobile device a little bit smarter. Making it understand what it sees.


Originally used as eyes for NASA robots, SLAM is a technology used for creating maps of unknown environments, and positioning devices with extreme accuracy within them. 13th Lab brought the world's first SLAM implementation to consumer devices, and continue to be the unchallenged leader in this field.

Image Recognition

We also recognize and track 2D images. We can even move freely between 2D and 3D tracking, i.e. detect and track a 2D image and then transfer to SLAM and map and track the environment around the image.

In the Lab

We have some other very cool technology working in the lab, a technology that we are not ready to share with the world quite yet. Stay tuned, that's all we can say.

Computer Vision. For everybody.

We've launched a few different products in the last years. Click on them below for more information.

PointCloud SDK
Development Platform. PointCloud SDK is a free library that lets you build iOS applications that have advanced computer vision capabilities like Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) and image detection and tracking. Learn more at developer.pointcloud.io/sdk/
Minecraft Reality
Using advanced computer vision through PointCloud SDK, Minecraft Reality maps and tracks the world around you using the camera, and allows you to place Minecraft worlds in reality, and even save them in a specific location for others to look at. Learn more at minecraftreality.com
Ball Invasion
The first iOS application using SLAM. Unlike other Augmented Reality games, Ball Invasion doesn’t require printed or known markers, but instead tracks the environment around you.

What others say.

Click to read a few selected articles about 13th Lab and our products.

Trust me, that's much more impressive than it sounds, and like a billion times more impressive than it looks"


"This is some serious tech, with some serious applications"

Singularity Hub

13th Lab used the camera to idenfity with subcentimeter accuracy where you are. The application of such technology is not hard to see"

Wall Street Journal

Ball Invasion highlights converging trends; sophisticated software becoming more efficient and mobile devices becoming more powerful"


That means it's not just a camera with a layer placed over the top. It's a way of seeing the world"