Palmer Luckey Experimenting With VR Directly Into The Nervous System

by Ian Hamilton • September 22nd, 2017

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey discussed his experiments with brain-computer interfaces at an adult VR event.

Luckey departed Oculus and Facebook earlier this year several months after an article in The Daily Beast ignited a firestorm of public opinion during the run up to one of the most divisive elections in American history. Since then he’s become more vocal on his Twitter account voicing frustration with “fake news” while also exploring a startup that, as Nick Wingfield at The NY Times reported, would construct a “virtual border wall.”

During this time he suggested he’s also exploring implantation of “experimental hardware.”

His latest comments on the subject could be heard around one hour into this NSFW video:

This is one of the things i’m experimenting with, is virtual reality implants that are able to do stimulation into the nervous system to provide a sense of touch and to allow you to move around in virtual reality without actually moving. But even if you do that I think that still we will wear HMDs because the optic nerve, the link from the eye to the brain, is so much information, so high bandwidth, that I don’t think implants are a better way to do it than very good HMDs.

 

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