Pixar Animation Studios are one of the biggest names in modern animation, with its movies and short films repeatedly redefining what was possible with computer animation. Virtual reality (VR) education company VR Education Holdings are seeking to draw on that expertise with the appointment of Pixar co-founder Loren Carpenter as advisor to the company.
VR Education Holdings is one of several firms that are leveraging immersive technologies in a bid to improve education and training. The company has been involved in the creation of VR education experiences such as Titanic VR, and hope that the addition of Carpenter’s experience will prove beneficial to its future efforts.
Loren Carpenter has won numerous awards for his work in animation, such as Academy Award for his significant achievements in the field of motion picture rendering. He was the co-inventor of the Reyes rendering algorithm, which allowed 3D computer graphics to render photo-realistic images and was also one of the creators behind the PhotoRealistic RenderMan software which renders all of Pixar’s movies.
Carpenter had this to say regarding his appointment: “I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the meticulous approach VR Education has taken in all of their projects. It’s refreshing to see such attention to detail and I admire how much the company has achieved from its inception, just three years ago.”
David Whelan, CEO of VR Education Holdings said: “We are incredibly pleased to have Loren – a luminary of the industry on board. Having grown Pixar from a small company to a multi-billion-dollar business by the time it was acquired by Disney, his advice will be invaluable to VR Education when we take our next steps. As always, our mission remains to provide world class educational platform and experiences to people across the globe and we’re thrilled that now we have Loren to assist us.”
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