There can be no question of the contribution Palmer Luckey has made to the virtual reality (VR) industry. As the designer of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and one of the founding members of Oculus VR, Luckey has both metaphorically and literally kickstarted the consumer VR industry in the past few years. Now the 22-year old will has had his achievements honoured at the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards.
Luckey received the Youth Award at the event which was held at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Luckey was just 16 when he began designing the Oculus Rift and, in the five years that have followed, has seen Oculus VR purchased by Facebook for $2 billion USD as well as created various incarnations of the device. Currently the company is focused on its anticipated consumer version, which is yet to receive a release date although is thought to at least be launching next year.
Others honoured in the awards include Black Girls Founder Kimberly Bryant and Bard Prison Initiative founder Max Kenner. Next week’s Golden Joystick Awards in the UK also see Luckey nomniated for the Gaming Personality of the Year award. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR related news, reporting back with any further updates.