• Melissa Merencillo

    Interaction Design. VR. Video.

    Melissa Merencillo

    Aspiring Creative Technologist and XR Enthusiast also known as “Mouse”

Bio

Melissa Merencillo is an aspiring Creative Technologist and X Reality (AR/VR/MR) enthusiast located in the San Francisco Bay Area focusing on interaction design, social presence, behavioral communication and experiential learning in digital reality systems and technology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from California State University East Bay (2012) and a Master of Arts in Multimedia with a concentration in Interaction Design also from California State University East Bay (2017). Her work as Project/Product Manager, Unity Developer and Video Producer on the collaborative thesis, Project: This Way!, explored the concepts of copresence and cross-reality communication in VR by developing a local, social two-player interactive VR experience where only one VR headset is needed. Project: This Way! was shown and demoed in its early stages of development at the VR Mixer of the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, CA and in its final iteration at Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, CA and the symposium, If You Weren't: Playing with Realities in ARG, AR, and VR held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Before Melissa studied video production and multimedia, she was a soldier in the US Army National Guard & Reserve from 2005-2013 as a Medical Laboratory Specialist.

Now, Melissa has been providing 20-minute talks of her knowledge and personal experiences with VR, AR, and haptic technology for the Leonardo Art and Science Evening Rendezvous events (LASERs), which is an "international program that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience." She has presented her talk, "Where We are in XR," at the University of San Francisco in July of 2017 and UC Berkeley in August 2017. Melissa was previously employed full-time as the Instructional Support Technician II & Video Lab Coordinator of the Department of Communication at California State University East Bay where she supported video production courses and managed the budget and operations of their studio sound stage with green screen and soundproof rooms where students create, record, edit, published and streamed digital media. She is now an Associate Producer at Twitter HQ in San Francisco, CA for the Live Video Content Ops team supporting premium broadcasts through Twitter and the Periscope app.
VIDEO PRODUCTION95%
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT87%
MOTION GRAPHICS80%
HARDWARE HACKING75%
TROUBLESHOOTING100%
LOOKING MY AGE15%
  • PROJECTS & EVENTS

    PROJECTS & EVENTS

Projects & Events

  • Amélie AR in Paris

    Software for AR: Unity3D & VuForia Hardware: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Music: Yann Tiersen – J’y Suis Jamais Alle (Amélie Soundtrack) 3D Models: Unity Asset Store I made image-based AR apps to recreate scenes from my favorite French fil…
  • LASER Talk San Francisco, 7-11-17

      “WHERE WE ARE IN XR” (AR/VR technology within the last 12 months) Watch Video: https://media.usfca.edu/Watch/m8HAb97Y Duration: 19 min 28 secs Abstract: I will share first-hand experiences with the evolving technology of AR/VR h…
  • Scanning for “C-Dive” by Ben Hawklyn

    Using Skanect and a Microsoft Kinect V1 for Ben Hawklyn’s “C-Dive” to scan model Corinne Titmus for the “After Dark” showcase at California State University East Bay, 2017.
  • EastBay Today Article, 6-5-2017

    “Where Science and Art Collide” California State University East Bay’s Master of Arts Multimedia Exhibition, June 8 EastBay Today: Featuring projects from the Class of 2017 graduates, this year’s annual event includes three exhibi…
  • “No Song Unsung” at LaundrySF

    I participated in a group show, “No Song Unsung” held at the LaundrySF on April 15, 2017, where the “Fountains” video is used as background for an interactive piece created with Processing and a Microsoft Kinect sensor. The u…
  • Fountains

    The Bellagio Water Fountains have always been a favorite of mine. I actually enjoy watching the shows with noise-cancelling headphones sometimes as well, just to see the water move. Of course, with the added music, seeing them dance in choreo is just…
  • Project: This Way! (A locally, social two-player VR experiment)

        For more information and updates please checkout our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/CrossRealityVR/
  • Audience Participatory Light Painting

    I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with my friend Julie Goldsmith at the Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party at the SOMArts Cultural Center in 2012. Julie and I were set up in a backstage area where it was completely dark to provide LED li…
  • Custom CentriPro Rig

    I created a homemade rig that uses the CentriPro technique. Once built, adjust FPS to 120 and spin the rig around oneself to record and create the “Bullet Time” effect on a budget. – wooden hanger – fishing line – selfi…
  • Ultra Sonar Shower Head

      Clare Huang & Melissa Merencillo – Arduino Yun – Solenoid Valve – Ultra Sonic Sensor This was a team project for rapid prototyping. I worked with Clare Huang to make a distance activated shower head to help save water. We…
  • Koh Phangan (Raw Video)

    Hardware: GoPro, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Software: Adobe Premiere
  • Iceland Interactive Video Map

    An interactive video map created in p5.js from my trip to Iceland in 2015. As the mouse moves over points of interest, a video from that exact location will play. If you’d like to try the map yourself, please go to: melissamerencillo.com/mouse/…
  • Japan Video Series

    Hardware: GoPro, HTC ONE M8, Canon T4i DSLR Software: Adobe Premiere
  • Nickname Origin

    Hardware: T4i Canon DSLR Software: Adobe Premiere, AfterEffects, Illustrator

  • POSTS

    POSTS

    AR/VR demos and reviews, WIPs and Tech Tests, Thoughts, Experiences

Posts

BIG SCREEN (Social VR Computing Experience)

BIG SCREEN (Social VR Computing Experience)

I am highly interested in social VR and our new relationships with the way we use technology to connect and share with each other. While …

Facebook Spaces (Social VR Media Sharing)

Facebook Spaces (Social VR Media Sharing)

~(,, ,,’> Some silly Facetiming with my brother through Facebook Spaces while also going Live on Facebook simultaneously. I can’t wait until more people get …

Projection Mapping with AE (WIP)

Projection Mapping with AE (WIP)

Experimenting with AfterEffects to create some projection mapping in mom’s formal living room. #aftereffects #projectionmapping #adobe #projection A post shared by Melissa Merencillo (@seemouserun) on …

AR with Archer?! (Instagram Video Post)

AR with Archer?! (Instagram Video Post)

What is AR? For those that haven’t played with #augmentedreality , you can download the #Archer PI app and scan images from the show to …

Speaking at the LASER Talks at USF (July 11, 2017)

Speaking at the LASER Talks at USF (July 11, 2017)

On July 11, I gave a 20-min talk of my first-hand experiences and knowledge with the evolving technology of AR/VR hardware and software at the …

Flex Sensor – Arduino – Unity (WIP)

Flex Sensor – Arduino – Unity (WIP)

WORK IN PROGRESS – Using a flex sensor with Arduino and Unity to bring finger interactions into the virtual environment. Goal is to create a …

VR Human Pong @ World’s Fair Nano SF

VR Human Pong @ World’s Fair Nano SF

At the World’s Fair Nano SF, I volunteered with Modal VR for VR Human Pong. My Role: We had the Human Pong experience running for …

Unity3D Script Testing and Deployment

Unity3D Script Testing and Deployment

Finally was able to deploy a sample project I created from Unity to the GearVR. Deploying to Android sounds easy, but I learned that there are …

Swimming with Sharks

Swimming with Sharks

On October 8th, along Hawaii’s North Shore, there were 3 big events I attended. One being my cousin’s wedding, the second being my older brother’s …

The Wanderlist

The Wanderlist

The list of places to wander to next and return for more… Philippines 1993, 1995, 2012 Manila, Cebu (Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls),  Samar, Bohol , Palawan, Boracay …

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