Oculus Founder Sued by Total Recall Technologies
Rikki Wright / 1 year ago
No, we aren’t going to see Arnie stroll into the Facebook offices and cause some Martian havoc; although I would love a new Facebook status emoji ‘I’ll be back’ with an audio clip of Arnie’s voice.
This particular event is based on Hawaiian based company ‘Total Recall Technologies’ attempting to sue Oculus Rift and its founder Palmer Luckey; saying that Luckey use confidential information which he learned from the company back in 2011.
“….its two partners, Ron Igra and Thomas Seidl, developed and patented a method to take video of a real-world scene and display it in a head-mounted display using an “ultra-wide field of view.” Seidl met Luckey in 2010 in connection with his work on developing head-mounted displays, and contacted him in 2011 to build a prototype for TRT.
Over the course of 2011, Seidl allegedly gave Luckey the specifications he wanted for the head-mounted display and paid for the parts. Luckey signed a non-disclosure agreement on August 1, 2011, and shipped a completed device to TRT on August 23, 2011. “Throughout the latter half of 2011 and into 2012, Seidl provided confidential feedback and information to Luckey in order to improve the design of the head-mounted display”
We all know the back story of Oculus, Luckey posted the Kickstarter campaign in 2012 and gained the backing of thousands to deliver two dev kits and is currently promoting a third, dubbed Crescent Bay. Facebook purchased the company in 2014 for a cool $2 billion and is set to launch a consumer version on the VR kit in spring 2016.
What do you think the outcome of this lawsuit would be? Let us know in the comments.
Please, keyboard warriors, I know the first paragraph has massive continuity errors; just leave it be.
Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.