3. Spotlight: Women in VR - Timoni West
By Alice Bonasio
Timoni West is the Director of AR/VR (XR) at Unity Labs and virtually (haha) one of the most important people in the immersive ecosystem. According to Unity Technologies, its 3D engine has birthed about 60 percent of AR and VR experiences, with more than 91 percent of HoloLens experiences coming from Unity, and West is the person responsible for facilitating a great deal of that.
After working for companies such as Flickr and Foursquare, she joined Unity in 2015 where she worked on its first Virtual Reality editing tool - Editor XR - before being promoted to head of the authoring tools group later in that same year. There, she led a group of engineers and designers in building prototype immersive experiences while helping to shape Unity's broader strategy for AR and VR.
Since moving to her current role in 2017, she's focused on researching and executing the company's efforts to build advanced spatial computing tools such as the Project MARS Mixed Augmented Reality Studio - an extension that will enable developers to create apps that can directly interact with the real world.
West is clearly a driving force in the long-term development of immersive technology, and as such she takes a broad view that encompasses a wide range of interests. As she explains on her website:
"My interest range from creation tools to privacy and intent, digitally augmented social and physical spaces, applied machine learning, and hardware for new mediums — specifically inputs for spatial computing," says West. "I love hearing about new work in rendering tech, from headsets to holograms, and any company pushing the boundaries on how we can create a future we all want to live in."
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