Oculus founder Neith Mitchell published three tweets revealing people working on Oculus Touch controllers and leaving “Easter eggs” inside the hulls of “tens of thousands of touch controllers.”

Here are some tweets:

Unfortunately, some “Easter eggs” intended for prototypes accidentally got into the internal equipment for tens of thousands of touch controllers. [1/3]

Messages on the final product software say “this place is rented” and “Masons were here.” Several developer kits come with “Big Brother Watching” and “Hi iFixit! We See You! ”- but they were limited to non-consuming models. [2/3]

Although we appreciate Easter eggs, they were inappropriate and should have been removed. The integrity and functionality of the equipment were not compromised, and we fixed all these jambs and ensure that this does not happen again. [3/3]

Unfortunately, some “easter egg” labels are designed for prototypes of touch controllers. [1/3]

– Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019

“It is a space for rent” & “The Masons Were Here.👁” A few dev kits shipped with “👁 Big Brother is Watching 👁” and “Hi iFixit! We See You! But ”but those were limited to non-consumer units. [2/3] pic.twitter.com/po1qyQ10Um

– Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019

The text appeared inside the Oculus Touch controllers for the Rift S and Oculus Quest. The text “this space for rent” and “Masons were here” appears inside the finished blocks that will be supplied with headsets to consumers. According to Facebook, these are the only messages that hit the final production.

Although the messages are an attempt to joke, one of them, appearing inside the developer kits, asserting that “Big Brother is watching” is an obvious reference to global concerns about the reach and impact of the Facebook social platform. The Facebook campaign’s reaction to Oculus was quick and strong when it acquired the company in 2014 for about $ 3 billion. It became obvious that the social networking giant would have access to more personal information through these headsets.

Current VR headsets include microphones, sensors, and cameras to facilitate communication and track head and hand movements. Over time, more and more VR helmets also have the opportunity to observe the eyes and facial movements. Facebook leaders, for example, hope to create hyper-realistic avatars and transmit body movements anywhere in the world to “challenge the distance.”

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