Our host Ken Rimple sits down with Stewart Smith: Head of Consumer AR at Unity, and creator of Q.js, a drag-and-drop quantum computing circuit composer, and Handy.js, a hand pose capture and recognition toolkit for WebXR. Ken and Stewart chat about being the tech kid and the art kid, Rubik’s cubes, LCD Soundsystem, what’s on the edge for augmented reality, and Stewart’s talk at ETE 2022: “Quantum Computing for Hapless Dreamers” (video coming soon – subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when it’s published.)
About Stewart Smith
Stewart invents fun future things in collaboration with his amazing colleagues at Unity Technologies where he serves as Head of Consumer Augmented Reality. Stewart is also the creator of Q.js (a drag-and-drop quantum computing circuit composer) and Handy.js (a hand pose capture and recognition toolkit for WebXR).
Prior to Unity, Stewart has worked with renowned hybrid studios like Google’s Data Arts Team, Google Creative Lab, Amazon’s Emerging Technologies and Intelligence Platforms team, and Unity Labs. Together with his talented teammates, he’s won industry awards like the Cannes Gold Lion, created a virtual reality music video for LCD Soundsystem, and collaborated with Ernő Rubik to create the “Beyond Rubik’s Cube” traveling exhibition. What really makes Stewart happy is partnering with smart friends to take on the impossible—or the ridiculous.
Stewart received his Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Yale University. His artwork has been exhibited at various museums around the world, he’s taught graduate courses that mix code with graphic design, served on esteemed industry panels, and is always excited about the future.
Visit his website at https://stewartsmith.io.