VRPN creator Russell Taylor joins Sensics advisory board

Russell TaylorColumbia, MD, Jan 19th, 2015. Professor Russell Taylor, the original developer and principal maintainer of the Virtual Reality Peripheral Network (VRPN) library has joined the Sensics advisory board, bringing many years of valuable VR and open-source experience to the Sensics team. In this role, he will advise and collaborate with the Sensics OSVR team on building the multi-platform OSVR software framework towards providing the ability to detect, configure and operate a wide range of VR devices and peripherals.

VRPN, one of the most popular open-source virtual reality frameworks, provides local or networked access to various tracking, button, joystick, sound and other devices used in virtual-reality systems. VRPN is embedded inside commercial VR devices and is also widely used in both industrial and academic settings.

He is currently a Research Professor of Computer Science at UNC, where he was named UNC Inventor of the Year for 2014. He was a Research Professor of Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Applied Physical Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through the fall of 2014.  His research interests include Scientific Visualization, Distributed Virtual Worlds, Haptic Display, and Interactive 3D Computer Graphics. He is a co-founder of Rheomics Incorporated, a company that is developing blood clotting diagnostics.

“We are honored and excited to have Russ on the team”, said Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics. “Since our first meeting to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of VRPN and to envision how we could build a great framework, I was impressed by Russ’ knowledge, thoughtfulness and analytic thinking. His VR experience is truly invaluable”

“The OSVR team is building what I set out to build when making VRPN: a platform-agnostic VR infrastructure that makes the hard things easy without making easy things harder”, says Prof. Taylor. “Sensics and Razer, the OSVR leaders, thought carefully about the OSVR license so that everyone can play — researchers, device manufacturers, and game developers.  Yuval gets and sets the vision of an open-source solution and the Sensics developers are first rate.  I’m excited to be part of the effort and I hope you will be as well.”

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