Jaron Lanier
"Father of VR"

Jaron Lanier, widely recognized as the “father of VR”, began his groundbreaking work in the early 1980s. His development of VR technologies, along with advancement of philosophies and conceptualization of the potential of VR laid the foundation for the immersive digital worlds we explore today.

His early career at Atari and subsequent co-founding of VPL Research brought the first VR goggles and wired gloves to market, revolutionizing the way we interact with digital environments and pushing the boundaries of human-computer interaction. Beyond his technological contributions, Lanier's work at Microsoft Research since 2006 and his extensive list of accolades, including an IEEE lifetime career award and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, underscore his influence on the tech landscape. 

Lanier continues to shape the future of technology, merging his vision with his advocacy for ethical digital practices. His recognition by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people highlights his significant impact on VR and beyond.