Posted: May 8, 2017, 1:58pm
I’m the kind of person who would leave an utterly delectable ice-cream if I don’t feel like having it. Alright, fiiiiine! I won’t begin with a self-obsessed rhetoric ever again. Nevertheless, the idea I wanted to convey is one of leaving a perceived stable and comfortable life for something more daunting and challenging. I have a knack of searching for projects or work that somehow satisfies my soul and adds meaning to my life. My intrepid spirit forced to me to leave my former stable telecom job and go out scouting for something more creative and satisfying.
During my first month at USC, I attended every event that got listed on the calendar of events and explored several organizations in search of one that’d enhance my skills in my academics along with bringing an interest in something more compelling. One of these events was the project pitch session at the Virtual Reality Club at USC called VRSC. At that time, it was being led by Jyotsna Kadimi, another EE Master’s student who had an ardent knowledge of the industry.
When I went to the session, there were close to 10 student-led project pitches scheduled that day. There was this gathering of incredibly talented and creative individuals as well as aspiring VR experience creators, who kept pouring their beautiful ideas in the VR potpourri. Each of these ideas had a story to convey, an idea to immerse a user more into their current digital devices giving a rather realistic feel to the existing 2D world of gadgets that we live in. I’m not sure if it was the cold beer in the chilling atmosphere or something that I had been meaning to experience for quite some time, but in that session, I saw an opportunity to engineer something more persuasive. A story that could now be told using a more compelling platform, could actually unfold. I saw VR as this amazing platform to teleport people into more amazing worlds; creating an escape from the physical reality to the one where alternate solutions exist. Virtual Reality fascinated me to the core and I suddenly saw infinite possibilities with this new and upcoming technology.
The VR bug bit me sweetly and from here began my journey with a new found interest that I went on to take more seriously.
Published on July 25th, 2017
Last updated on August 10th, 2017