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Qi Sun ‘18 Develops Technology Expanding the Experience of Virtual Rea…

SBU Home Campusㅣ2018-09-14 14:39

Stony Brook alumnus Qi Sun ‘18 has been fascinated with augmented and virtual reality for years. For him the idea of fully melding our physical world with a computerized, virtual one holds incredible promise for humankind and opens a world of possibilities for computer simulated experiences.

Sun, 28, was born and raised in China, where he attended Shandong University in his home province. An only child, Sun admits that he wasn’t especially interested in video games growing up. These days, though, it’s a necessity — he’s now developing cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) technology that he hopes will shape the way we work, play and learn in the future.

Recently, Sun and his colleagues at Adobe, the American multinational computer software company, have developed a research prototype known as Dynamic Saccadic Redirected Walking Technology. The technology uses natural, rapid eye movements to create the illusion of an infinite environment, allowing VR users to more fully connect with the virtual world they’re exploring.

We talked with Sun — who completed his PhD. this spring in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences — about why this technology is so important and what the future of VR might hold:

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