A VR headset can ‘kill’ you in real life if you die in a video game (Twitter/PalmerLuckey)
The founder of a virtual reality (VR) company has claimed to have created a headset that can kill you in real life if you die in a game. Palmer Luckey, the founder of VR company Oculus Rift, said the device was inspired by Sword Art Online, Japan’s new series turned anime, in which players are locked into an online role-playing game where death in the game means death in real life – life because of the great ‘NerveGear’ headset.
Three explosive charges are attached to the headset. These are programmed and ready to fire if your character is killed in the game.
“To commemorate the November 6, 2022 Sword Art Online Incident, I created the OQPNVG, the first virtual reality device that can kill the user – if you die in the game, you die in real life,” he said in a tweet.
This may be a game, but it’s not something you play.
To commemorate the November 6, 2022 Sword Art Online Incident, I created the OQPNVG, the first virtual reality device that can kill the user if you die in the game, you die in real life.https://t. co/F3nkP5EU61 — Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) November 6, 2022
“The idea of linking your real life to your virtual avatar has always fascinated me – you immediately raise the stakes to the maximum level and force people to fundamentally rethink how they interact with the virtual world and the players in it,” Luckey wrote in a blog post.
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Luckey explained that the device is connected to three explosive charge modules linked to a “narrowband photosensor that can detect when the screen flashes red at a specific frequency.”
“When an appropriate game-over screen is presented, the charges fire, instantly destroying the user’s brain,” he said.