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Oculus co-founder flaunts better VR headset

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Oculus? virtual reality? VR? MEMS? sensor?

The highly successful Oculus Virtual Reality (VR) Kickstarter campaign reached its zenith when Facebook bought the innovative platform for $2.4 billion. After making millions from it, Jack McCauley is now giving away the license to a better VR headset that beats the top two, Oculus and Valve, by using a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) laser "head" finder.

"If you are a MEMS manufacturer and you are not involved in VR, then you should be," McCauley said to the capacity crowd at the MEMS Executive Congress (MEC). McCauley was already a millionaire from inventing Guitar Hero and co-owning a factory in China before the Oculus sale.

"I've already given away all my money from the Facebook buyout to my favourite charity and now I'm inventing a VR headset that will be light years ahead of them all and that you can license for free, if you agree to donate some of your profits to my favourite charity," stated McCauley.

Jack McCauley

Jack McCauley co-founded Oculus, a Kickstarter company, and made millions when Facebook bought it for $2.4 billion, which McCauley gave away to charity. (Source: EE Times)

Now president of McCauley Labs (Livermore, Calif.), his staff of five are busy re-inventing VR by using MEMS inertial sensors to detect head orientation, and adding MEMS micro-mirrors to create a super-small infrared "lighthouse" the frees the user to walk around experiencing virtual realities as high-resolution as the real world and with no trace of the "simulator sickness" that the Facebook Oculus models can cause, McCauley stated.

VR headset prototype

Jack McCauley wearing an early prototype of his VR headset invention. (Source: McCauley, used with permission)

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