Palmer Luckey was an ordinary student who attended the University of Southern California as a journalism major. He was not a genius, but rather a young man with a curious mind and a passion for electronics, technology, and gadgets, especially those seemingly impossible ones mentioned in the science fiction novels that he would read. Luckey would buy and modify head-mounted displays from auctions using money he earned through buying/fixing/selling cell phones and doing odd jobs around the community. With the internet as his tool, Luckey basically became a self-taught engineer, hacker, inventor, and electronics enthusiast.
John Carmack, who at the time was also pursuing his own virtual reality project, saw the potential in Luckey's designs and wanted to buy one of Luckey's devices; Luckey simply gave the man one for free. Amazingly, in the 2012 E3 event, Carmack announced the Oculus Rift to the world by using a prototype of the Oculus Rift, which Cormack made using the device Luckey gave Cormack, and the game Doom 3. The Kickstarter for Luckey's project initially had fewer than 100 people interested. However, after Carmack's amazing presentation, thousands flooded in with their support, including tech professionals Brendan Iribe and Mike Antonov.
Now we can only wait for the revolutionary Oculus Rift to become available to the entire and witness one the greatest achievements in gaming yet, all of which were made possible by a young man with a need and a desire to fulfill that need.