Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Says He Is Working On "Very Exciting Things"

Luckey is staying in the VR space.

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, who left Oculus earlier this year, is staying in the virtual reality industry. Speaking at the Tokyo Game Show this week, Luckey confirmed his new venture but declined to share more details.

"I have a new company; I can't talk about my projects too much yet, but I'm still working in the virtual reality industry on some very exciting things," he said at an appearance at an HTC Vive event, as reported by RoadToVR.

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He went on to say that he does not want to be seen "as an Oculus person," because his ambitions are grander than one company alone.

"Don't think of me as an Oculus person. Just think of me as a VR person," he said. "Everything. Sony, HTC, other companies. Everything."

In June, The New York Times reported that, among Luckey's start-up ideas, was technology that could be used for border-crossing security. The system apparently uses "light detecting and ranging" technology, along with infrared sensors.

From the report:

"Those familiar with the plan say Mr. Luckey believes his system, which can be mounted on telephone poles, can be built far more cost effectively than Mr. Trump's proposed wall on the Mexican border--and with fewer obstacles from landowners."

Luckey sold Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion. He attracted negative attention last year when it was discovered that he had financially supported a pro-Donald Trump political group responsible for "s***posting" anti-Hillary Clinton memes. This led to a number of developers pulling support for Oculus VR products. Luckey later apologized.

Earlier this year, Facebook was ordered to pay $500 million to Bethesda parent company ZeniMax as part of a lawsuit alleging that virtual reality technology it owns was stolen and used to develop the Oculus Rift. During the years-long process, ZeniMax specifically targeted Luckey, claiming that he "lacked the training, expertise, resources, or know-how to create commercially viable VR technology, his computer programming skills were rudimentary, and he relied on ZeniMax's computer program code and games to demonstrate the prototype Rift."

In July, Facebook permanently dropped the price of the Oculus Rift/Touch Controller bundle to $500, bringing it in line with the price of a similar headset/controller PlayStation VR bundle.

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Sorry, but I can't take anything owned by Facebook seriously.

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Oh. People care what Palmer's doing again?

Wasn't it found out that he did not in fact create anything in VR and rather through industry legend John Carmack stole most of the Occulus' technologies? Not sure how he's a "VR guy." Seems more like a con man these days.

He's lost all credibility as far as I'm concerned.

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Lucky is the product of what too much money does to a not very worldly nerd that is already a common, everyday douche bag.

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2 gen and some real games maybe....

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@Daian: how is he a white nationalist?

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I think of you as that guy that borrowed information without consent.

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Working on McDonald's Happy Meal VR headset ver. 2.0

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@moonco: He's genuinely interested in the democratization of virtual reality. A true philanthropist!

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@moonco: Great, then I'll end up with 12 of them before too long. Maybe they'll fit on the heads of all the plastic minions that litter my kids' floors.

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@moonco: In a statement Mc Donald's said "Mr Luckey has taken the image and taste of our unique blend of Big Mac and has put it into his VR headset without our consent. The Big Mac is a trade secret and pride worthy recipe that Mr Luckey stole from Mc Donald's Corporation while working on his new VR tech in one of our stores."

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I feel like this guy is trying his absolute hardest to be the Katie Hopkins/Martin Shkreli/Pierce Morgan of gaming. I.E. try to be as idiotic as possible, with the most controversial opinions possible, and try to get in the news as much as he physically can.

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@Chernnunos: top comment means people don't really agree with you.

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