“Palmer Luckey started a revolution” but did he?

Mary Read
Mary Read
Jun 16, 2016 · 3 min read

What did Palmer Luckey actually do?

I mean what did he do besides being an enthusiastic teenager was into VR?

What did he do besides creating a brand name (Oculus Rift), and besides claiming that he designed that (actually just copied that Valve) headset?

Alan Yates said: “ While that is generally true in this case every core feature of both the Rift and Vive HMDs are directly derived from Valve’s research program. Oculus has their own CV-based tracking implementation and frensel lens design but the CV1 is otherwise a direct copy of the architecture of the 1080p Steam Sight prototype Valve lent Oculus when we installed a copy of the “Valve Room” at their headquarters. I would call Oculus the first SteamVR licensee, but history will likely record a somewhat different term for it…

I think Luckey is like any street HU$TLER with a new brand and under that brand is just the repackaging of someone else’s tech.

He is like a HU$TLER except he has privilege that other people don’t have, so he works at the top office at One Hacker Way, but otherwise he is like people I have met who are gangsters with a good selling game.

In his kickstarter he made it seem like he is designer tech genius. You know it came out later that he is not even a computer programmer right? He isn’t a real hacker. He calls himself a hardware guy. How exactly do you think he designed the Rift without any programming skills?

Why do you think that this tech wasn’t coming anyways, even without the Palmer Hustle? Enthusiastic teens are a dime a dozen.

Why do you assume Valve would not have launched VR with some other VR headset maker if Palmer Freeman Luckey hadn’t been at the right place at the right time?

“Without informing [Total Recall Technologies] … Luckey took the information he learned from the Partnership, as well as the prototype that he built for the TRT using design features and other confidential information and materials supplied by the Partnership, and passed it off to others as his own,” the suit says, according to Polygon.

“This isn’t the first time these accusations have been leveled at Oculus: Zenimax media accused Luckey of stealing confidential information last May, saying that a workable version of the Oculus Rift would have been impossible without their research technology.”

Three times we have seen Palmer Luckey challenged in public by someone from a rival company sort of suggesting that he or his company that he founded took their technology and presented it as his own.

1. Zenimax technology.

2. Total Recall Technologies

3. Valve Steam VR headset

What did he do? Lets ask wikipedia:

I think this wikipedia article is heavily discounting the fact that three companies, Zenimax, Total Recall Technologies, and Valve have something to say about Palmer and or Oculus.

Did he copy technology from these other companies and then claim it as his own work? Contrast that with Luckey’s own admission that he doesn’t have any programming or software development skills.

When Palmer says he designed the Oculus Rift does he mean like the ergonomics, because otherwise how is it really not a copy of stuff other people made?

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