Bert DownsTe Awamutu College
Extend VR is an alternative to the existing expensive VR platforms on the market made by Oculus and Valve. I recognized that I could do it in a cheaper way so that it could be accessible to more people.
What inspired you to create your project?
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on VR software and equipment, but I still like and enjoy using it- it’s really cool! It just immerses you in a virtual environment and has lots of benefits, for example, I heard that using VR as a distraction technique instead of drugs has been investigated as a pain relief method.
Who influences your tech/innovation?
Probably my uncle, who introduced me to electronics when I was quite little. My digital tech and electronics teachers also helped me by making sure I kept up with my paperwork and gave me suggestions and ideas around how I could approach things. My friends, who are also interested in technology motivate and inspire me as we’re able to bounce ideas off each other and help each other out.
What is your dream job?
I think I would enjoy working at a big company like Occulus- to continue to Occulus quest- which is one of the headsets they have made using artificial intelligence as well. Something like that would be the ultimate dream job, and I would like to try and make it more affordable and accessible.