Donald Trump’s Infamous ‘Wall’ Could Be Made of LASERS, As Oculus Founder Revealed To Be Developing Virtual Border Tech
Palmer Luckey, co-founder of virtual reality firm Oculus , is developing virtual border technology, which could potentially form the basis of President Donald Trump ‘s infamous border wall.
The 24-year-old tech entrepreneur, who is a keen Trump supporter, will use technology common in driverless cars to develop a system to police borders “between countries and around military bases”.
Luckey confirmed his plans in a statement to The New York Times , saying: “We need a new kind of defence company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer.”
His new startup will use LIDAR – a method of measuring distances and detecting objects using lasers – along with infrared sensors and cameras to monitor borders, reports the NYT.
Sources familiar with the plan have said that the virtual border could be built far more cost-effectively than Trump’s proposed physical wall between the US and Mexico.
Pro-Trump Luckey, who is credited with rekindling demand for virtual reality in recent years, contributed $100,000 to Trump’s inauguration.
The project is said to be self-funded at present but is rumoured to be receiving a cash injection from billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund in future.
Thiel hit the headlines in 2016 after bankrolling Hulk Hogan’s infamous sex tape lawsuit against the now-bankrupt Gawker Media. The investor is also a prominent Trump supporter and donated more than $1 million to his presidential campaign.
Luckey is also said to have spoken to Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon about using sensor tech on the Mexican border, reports the NYT.
Multimillionaire Luckey sold Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion dollars and is believed to have pocketed $700 million from the deal.
In March, Luckey left Facebook several months after he was accused of secretly funding a pro-Trump online organisation aimed at discrediting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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