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James Bonner

James is winning awards and making a positive impact through work he does at his tech company “Our Company takes video game technology and applies it in other domains,” says James. Nearly three years ago, he and his three business partners – Liam McGuire , Chris Mackenzie and Norman Wang – set up Opaque Multimedia. They were studying at Swinburne University, sharing classes in game design and multimedia. James had been doing paid computing projects on the side at high school, like building websites and helping academics develop programs to test their research. Now he’s building amazing virtual reality tools, including a simulated walk-through of the international space station and programs to help people with dementia. Opaque Multimedia has created the Virtual Dementia Experience - a scary, distorted-reality simulation that gives dementia carers a taste of what it's like to live with the disease. For dementia patients, meanwhile, they've built a fun and soothing immersive virtual environment called The Forest Project. These projects started when James and his partners were helping a researcher who wanted to explore brain activity during MRI scans, which are used to image the body's soft tissues.

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