Palmer Luckey

"In the past, before phones and the Internet, all communication was face-to-face. Now, most of it is digital, via emails and messaging services. If people were to start using virtual reality, it would almost come full circle."

Current Place
United States of America


Palmer Luckey is the founder of Oculus VR and inventor of the Oculus Rift, a HD VR head-mounted display that provides the user with different virtual realities. Luckey was frustrated with the inadequacy of the existing head-mounted displays in his collection for gaming due to low contrast, high latency, and low field-of-view. In response, he created his first prototype at age 18 in his parents’ garage in 2011, called CR1 and featuring a 90-degree field of view. Palmer developed a series of prototypes exploring features like 3D stereoscopy, wireless, and extreme 270-degree field-of-view, while also decreasing size and weight. He posted regular updates on his work on MTBS3D, a forum website frequented by virtual reality enthusiasts. His 6th-generation unit was named the "Rift," and was intended to be sold as a do-it-yourself kit on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to fellow enthusiasts rather than a pre-assembled consumer device, with a target of about 100 customers. He first started Oculus VR in order to facilitate the Kickstarter campaign.

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