Oculus VR hit with a lawsuit

    
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this is duuuuuuuumb

The actual consumer version of the Oculus Rift isn’t coming out until next year for those eagerly anticipating a VR headset release that will change the face of gaming. That release date assumes that the company isn’t demolished by lawsuits before then, of course – and one has recently been leveled against Oculus VR and its founder, Palmer Luckey. It accuses the company of stealing information.

Hawaiian company Total Recall Technologies is claiming that Luckey was hired to develop VR technologies for them in 2011 and that he stole the technologies he had been working on to create the Oculus Rift. It’s a pretty serious accusation, although one wonders what took the accusers so long to point something out. The lawsuit seeks damages but does not specify an amount; it remains to be seen what impact, if any, this will have on the Rift’s long-term rollout.

Source: The Recorder via IGN
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Darkwalker75
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AGx 
So they wait with a lawsuit until a time  when they can get lots of money from doing it?
Frankly sounds very dubious to me, and I don’t buy it.
Sounds to me like someone is either just trying to squeeze them for money, or have started a project of their own, just want to shutdown the competition, and make a profit for it at the same time.

AGx
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AGx

What took them so long? Money. Duh.
They could have sued him during the Kickstarter run or shortly after but they’d have gotten next to nothing (though probably shut the project down). At this point, they can get hundreds of millions.

Darkwalker75
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Darkwalker75

How long is it since OR was on Kickstarter, 2 -3 years?
If there was something stolen, why take this long to come up with a lawsuit?

Seems highly suspect tome and I would not be surprised if it just a dirty move to try and shut down the competition or at least slow down development so they can get first to market.

Armsman
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Armsman

Armsbend Since when did pledging to a Kickstarter give you an actual financial stake in the Company? (I must have missed that clause in the KS TOS). As long as those who pledged get the gear and perks they were promised, they don’t have a cause to complain.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

My belief is that Facebook bought Oculus for two specific reasons, one strategic, one pure vanity.   I think Zuckerberg was personally blown away by it and decided this is how he’d evolve his platform.    But also, I think they realized that allowing us VR / 360 degree view “shares” would allow them to glean way more data from our lives than 2D photos.   I feel pretty certain they have software that analyzes the information in the backgrounds of our photographs, looking for brand names, magazine cover titles, book titles on our book cases, identifying objects in our shares.

And they think they can get way more information in a 360 degree VR view.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Actintous unless it’s a tightly guarded secret they have shown zero interest in it.   Other than iPhone/iPad/Mac, and their tepid Apple TV venture, their real moves are away from consumer market into healthcare.   they want an iPad in every doctor and RN’s hands with patient charts and data and have made some pretty big inroads there.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Was there some contract that said they would not sell to a bigger company at any point? Are the people all of a sudden not getting the rewards they pledged for? What is your problem?

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Well this isn’t a rape. Why wait so long to say something?

wjowski
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dellis78741 
Or maybe someone actually stole something.  Unheard of in the video game industry, I know, but still…

ArchDevi
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ArchDevi

ManastuUtakata Siphaed 
loosely based, and that being generous