Over 30 years ago Vincent John Vincent embarked on a diverse and dynamic career at the edge of technology and creativity. This career has spanned the realms of being a world renown, leading hi-tech entrepreneur; an inventor and pioneer of video gesture control technology;
a leading multi-media artist and performer; a high tech event producer; and a sought after speaker.
It started back in the early 1980's, while at the University of Waterloo, when Vincent John Vincent envisioned a concept for being able to control various computer functions though full body gestures alone, without having to wear, hold or touch anything. He then partner with the Computer Genius of Francis MacDougall, and the mid 1980's co-invent video gesture control with Francis. Since then he has been the pre-eminent force behind driving this technology into a myriad of diverse uses and markets; as well as evangelizing the powerful possibilities of using video cameras as the perfect device for computer-human interface applications.
Vincent is the co-founder and creative force behind GestureTek Inc., which is the company he and Francis MacDougall formed in 1986 to invent, patent and pioneer video gesture control. GestureTek has since been the world leader, for over 25 years, in camera-enabled video gesture control computing devices of all kinds. Vincent has been instrumental in running the company, finding new markets, and the creation of applications for the technology. Though Vincent and Francis started as leading edge interactive computer artists they would become entrepreneurs, whose products would be purchased around the world.
The Gesture Xtreme system would be sold into hundreds of public installations on the Amiga platform, and eventually thousands of installations when it finally was port to the PC platform in 1993. These public installations varied in application and market. For Museums and Science Centers they were exploratory worlds for fun, creativity and educational learning. For Location Based Entertainment Centers they were arcade units with immersive video games that challenged your speed, agility and flexibility while your real image was the character on the screen in the game. At FIFA events you became the Net minder stopping virtual soccer balls. At the Hockey Hall of Fame you were in the goal stopping virtual pucks from virtual NHL all stars. At the Basketball hall of Fame you went one on one, up and down the court, with a virtual Bill Walton, Jason Kidd, or a choice of other stars. For Television Production around the globe the Gesture Xtreme system became the World's First "Interactive Virtual Set", allowing real time production of TV shows where actors interacted with the animation worlds they were immersed in. Vincent and Francis also mounted the World's First "Interactive Immersive Virtual Video Conferencing" session, letting participants in different parts of the world step into the same virtual world, see each other's live, real-time video image, talk, and interact together, with the same animation together.
Vincent also used the technology for its originally conceived intention, as the "World's First Virtual Reality Performer", and performed extensively around the globe at special events; performing over 250 times from 1986 onward. As he had originally envisioned he was able to step up on stage flanked with projection screens that the audience watched, as he lead them on an audio visual journey through interactive virtual worlds, and dreamscapes, as he danced and manipulated the animation with his body, sometimes juggling, sometimes mime acting, but always in control of being able to navigate the virtual worlds with his full body gestures. He became a master of the virtual instruments he created, learning to play virtual drum kits, virtual keyboard scales, virtual harps, and an array of other virtual soundscape designs he played through is dance. Joining up with bands of live musicians Vincent has performed around the world for huge audiences for over 15 years.
The GestureXtreme technology and patents have been licensed to 3rd parties and consumer products many times; to Sony for the EyeToy and Move systems; and to Microsoft for XBOX camera immersion like the Kinect system; to Hasbro for the ION Educational Gaming Console, where children ages 3-8 stepped into interactive worlds with their favourite TV characters (Sponge Bob Square Pants, Blues Clues, CrazyTown ,etc) to learn their letters, words, numbers, patterns, etc.
Vincent has guided GestureTek's Enterprise products into a "Huge Array of Markets" that include, museums/science centers, fairs and world expos, location based entertainment facilities ( arcades, theme parks, family entertainment centers, aquariums, zoos, halls of fame, stadiums, arenas, etc ), fitness centers, educational institutions at all levels, hospitality ( hotels, restaurants, fast food franchises, night clubs and bars, etc. ), retain locations, kiosks, all forms of digital signage, advertizing campaigns, tradeshows and special events, boardrooms, foyers ( of corporations, hospitals, etc. ), television/film production, clean room, rehabilitation, disabilities, etc.
Vincent and Francis have been honoured with many, many awards over the years; From Popular Science's Top 100 Technologies of the Year, back in the late 1980's; to multiple USA based Invention Convention Awards; to the Most Prestigious Mobile Technology Award at MWC in Barcelona, for Leading Technology of the Year. GestureTek has won many, many more awards around the world. Vincent, who holds a BA Degree in Psychology, from the University of Waterloo, was honoured in 2003 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Canadian New Media Awards. He was honoured in Milan with the Multi-Media Guru Award.
As Co-Founder, and President, Vincent is a driving force behind GestureTek. On the lecture circuit, as a keynote speaker at numerous multimedia, educational and TV/telecom conferences, Vincent speaks about the future directions of these emerging technologies. Vincent is a sought after Speaker. Recently he was invited to speak at, the Milan Media Guru Speaker Series 2009, Canadian Marketing Association Conference 2010, IAB Canada MIXX 2010, Digital Signage Expo 2009-2010-2011, Display Search Conference 2010, Interactive Display Conference 2011, and the TEDx Waterloo Event 2011.
He has also played a role in promoting the multimedia industry as co-creator, co-producer, and co-executive director of the IDMA (International Digital Media Awards). His community work includes staging solar powered technology events and acting as co-executive producer for the city of Toronto's 25th anniversary Earth Day Concert and Celebration. Vincent has also served as an Advisor on numerous Boards including The Art Institute of Toronto (2004) and The Design Exchange VR Centre & Content Creators Group (1999), Mobile Innovation Experience Center, (2009 onward), Sheridan University Multi-media PAC. He has also produced many hi-tech events and shows highlighting VR Technology, including both the Virtual Visionary Speaker & Performance Series (1993) and the International Digital Media Awards (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996).
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND AWARDS
1992: Vivid chosen for an installation in the Canadian Pavillion at the Seville, Spain World Expo
1993: Vivid chosen for an installation in the Canadian Pavillion and the Korean Government Pavillion at the Soeul South Korea World Expo
1994: Vincent co-creates and co-executive produces the International Digital Media awards.
1995: Vivid creates the world's first immersive VGC VR rehabilitation applications
1999: Vivid creates the world's first VR stereo camera for 3D analysis of VGC.
2002: Vincent is nominated as one of the finalist for the 'Life Time Achievement Award' at the Canadian New Media Awards.
2003: Vincent receives the 'Life Time Achievement Award' at the Canadian New Media Awards.
2011: Vincent Speaks at TedxWaterloo
2011: Vincent Speaks at TBA