In the nautical language, a Ballast is a weighted object that brings stability and balance to its carrier. Our ultimate vision is to create an experience that will forever change its participants and offer a completely new way for them to find their center of balance.
We believe that Aquatic VR may be the most powerful application of virtual reality yet. With the absence of gravity, the mind is readily transported to virtual worlds beyond our own.
Our aim is to immerse guests in worlds that take advantage of sound, tactile sensation, vibration, zero gravity and many other amazing properties of water – to place them at the center of an one-of-a-kind attraction that must be experienced to be believed. We believe that users will feel closer to the animals and the environment they encounter and form a deeper understanding of the real world.
Ballast was founded by a small team of creative technologists in San Francisco, with backgrounds at companies like Avegant, Cisco, Reddit, Vox Media and Discovery Digital Networks in hardware design, large scale VR tracking systems and content creation.
Co-Founder /// CEO
Director of Creative Development, Discovery Digital Networks
Associate Creative Director, Reddit
Associate Creative Director, Vox Media, Inc.
Co-Founder /// Technical Director
Co-founder & CTO, Fourleaf Networks
Founder, Spiral Graphics
Founder, Nibble Games
Co-Founder /// CTO
Lead Designer, Cisco Systems, Palo Alto Networks
Technology Advisor, Marine Megafauna Foundation
VR Technical Director
Cannes Film Festival, Berlinale
Grants and Institutional Givings Intern, JVS San Francisco
Sales Associate, Follett
Marketing and PR Intern, Open2Europe
Lead Software Engineer
Founder, Lost Polygon
Expert C# & Unity3D Developer
Co-Founder/CTO, Avegant Corporation
PhD, Electrical Engineering
Founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab
Thomas More Storke Professor of Communication
Director, Doctoral Program in Communication
Tufts University ‘22, Men’s Varsity Crew
B.S. Engineering Psychology