3. Spotlight: Women in VR - Yuka Kojima
By Alice Bonasio
After studying psychology at University, Yuka Kojima got a job as a game developer at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, where she worked on many Playstation 3 titles and projects. Until, that is, she discovered VR and decided to go her own way.
In May 2014 she co-founded Fove, a company that deployed revolutionary software to improve eye-tracking technology housed in a VR headset. Their Kickstarter campaign raised over $500,000 and the company went on to get $13 million in investment from the likes of Samsung and Foxconn.
Kojima, who has been featured on Forbes Japan as one of the world's 100 most powerful women, has a flair for storytelling and enjoys writing graphic novels, but she believes that the future of immersive storytelling lies in interactivity, which is why she advocates making the best use of the eye-tracking and facial recognition technology.
“We want to be the company that figures out VR’s unsolved problems,” Kojima said in an interview for the Japan Times.
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