3. Spotlight: Women in VR - Jessica Brillhart
By Alice Bonasio
Jessica Brillhart is an XR entrepreneur, writer, director and theorist. Her impressive pedigree includes being Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google, where she was an early pioneer in producing 360 video experiences such as Resonance (an interesting experiment in using immersive content to create a sense of depth and direction in a virtual environment) as well as helping build Google Jump.
Brillhart founded immersive content company Vrai Pictures in 2018 to further explore some of the "uncharted territories" in VR storytelling, in particular, Spatial Audio which she believes is crucial for building a true sense of immersion. This led to the creation of the Traverse platform in 2019. Traverse uses a mobile device and AR audio wearables and was awarded a Special Jury Recognition for The Future of Experience at this year's SXSW.
Most recently, Brillhart has taken up a new position as Director of the University of Southern California's Institute Creative Technologies MxR Lab, where doubtless she will continue to push the technical and creative boundaries of XR.
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