XR Creators: Toryn Farr

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The XR Creators speaker series is a regular event held by the XR Creators Unite community, where community members and others interested in VR and AR gather to share information. This week's featured speaker is Toryn Farr.

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Toryn's Tech Bio:

• Started creating text adventures on the Commodore 64 in the late 80’s.

• Taught myself C++ when I was 11 (1991) and managed to get two text adventures sold on a store shelf in the summer between 7th and 8th grade.

• Went to college at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville with shifting majors. Frustrated that I head to learn to code in old languages like COBOL and IBM RPG. C++ on the other hand was bliss!

• Started working at Philips in Information Technology when I was 17 to pay for college.

• Dropped out of school to work full time as the sole IT person at a Philips manufacturing location of 600+ people. Did it all: desktop support, networking, server administration, and software development.

• First week in that role I was tasked with converting AS/400 apps written in RPG to something that would run on Windows. That moment when you need to use something about which you previously said: “I’ll never use this!”

• Stayed with Philips for over 22 years now in various roles. Current role is Developer, Cognitive Services focusing on creating interactive chat bots.


Early adopter of both AR and VR:

AR:

• I was a Google Glass Explorer in 2014

• Started working on a game (Terrace) for HoloLens in 2018

• Experimented with Magic Leap in 2019 (published a sample in the “Concepts” section of the Magic World app store)

• Currently working on Terrace for HoloLens 2.

VR:

• Jumped on the Google Cardboard bandwagon in 2014

• Went from Daydream 1 & 2, to WMR, to Oculus Quest

• Plan to eventually release Terrace for VR (likely for Quest and WMR)


Toryn's 'About Me':

• 41 years old. Gender non-binary, vegetarian, atheist, socialist, transhumanist. But you know… “labels” meh. 🤷🏻‍♂️

• Hobbies / Interests: software development (obviously), dancing (pre-pandemic), fashion, cybernetics, cryptocurrency, hydroponic gardening, robotics, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation

• Interesting / Weird facts: I was a Michael Jackson impersonator for 3 years.


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