Oculus VR CTO John Carmack was once given a life-time success award lately on the 3rd annual VR Awards, spotting no longer simply his contributions to VR in his years at Oculus but additionally “an illustrious career which has spanned over several decades.”
“John has been an inspiration to us all in the virtual reality industry; we are proud to recognize the work he has done and the immense impact he is continuing to make,” AIXR leader govt Daniel Colaianni mentioned. “As the hardware and technology continues to evolve, John will no doubt be leading at the forefront of innovation for virtual reality.”
The Accenture VR Lifetime Achievement Award is the primary to be passed out by means of the VR trade, which remains to be very a lot in a nascent state. Carmack alluded to that during his acceptance speech video, pronouncing that his preliminary response to finding out concerning the award was once to suppose that it may well be “premature.”
“I’m often kind of grumpy around the office because I really haven’t been satisfied with the pace of progress that we’ve been making. When I’m in VR I see the magic there, but my brain is always throwing up these giant ‘to do’ Post-It Notes on top of everything, reminding me of all the work that’s yet to be done. So it’s going to be a little while before I really feel good about reminiscing about my achievements,” Carmack mentioned.
He nodded to his “brushes with paleo-VR” within the 1990s, however mentioned that he considers the trendy generation of virtual reality to have begun with Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift prototype, which he helped sing their own praises at E3. But whilst the technology has complicated since then, Carmack stated that VR itself stays very area of interest.
“All that technology really doesn’t mean much until it’s brought in service of user value,” he mentioned. “So more than anything, I hope that I’ve been helpful in bringing this new canvas for people to work on, and that the work that those people do will be paving the way in the future.”