Oculus Founder Creates Virtual Reality Headset That Can Kill Its User


Author: Clark Tos
2022-11-08 14:42:02

The founder of Oculus is working on the creation of a new virtual reality headset that could kill its user if he loses a game, by destroying his brain.

The writers of Black Mirror have better watch out, because reality seems to exceed fiction. Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, is working on a new headset virtual reality .

With this helmet, you will be able to move around in the game with an avatar that will be closely linked to your own life. Indeed, the helmet could have the ability to kill its owner if his character loses his life in the virtual universe.

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'If you die in the game, you die in real life'

According to Palmer Luckey, the helmet would have the ability to explode the player's head and destroy their brain with 'explosive charge modules' if the player loses their life in the game.

“The idea of ​​linking your real life to your virtual avatar has always fascinated me , said Palmer Luckey. You instantly raise the stakes to the max and force people to fundamentally rethink how they interact with the virtual world and the players within. Bloated graphics can make a game feel more real, but only the threat of serious consequences can make a game feel real for you and everyone else in the game.'

A killer virtual reality headset

If this novelty digital may seem impossible to create, it is however credible because Palmer Luckey is the pioneer of virtual reality. He notably designed the base system of Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse.

According to the Oculus founder, his helmet is a tribute to the manga series 'Sword Art Online', in which players who wear the helmet can be brain melted if they fail to escape from a game virtual trapped by a mad scientist.

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“The explosive charges in the helmet are linked to a narrowband photosensor that can detect when the screen flashes red at a specific frequency , explained Palmer Luckey. When an endgame screen is displayed, the charges fire, instantly destroying the user's brain. »

For the moment, this device remains a work of art which aims to question our relationship to the video game worlds. If the helmet is not intended to be marketed, the project is taken very seriously by its creator.

Source : Futurism