At SXSL on October 3rd, The Mill demonstrated 6x9: A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement, a critically-acclaimed experience co-created by The Mill and The Guardian, which places the user inside a solitary confinement cell with little more than a bed and a toilet. It simulates some of the psychological effects associated with solitary confinement, such as blurred vision, hallucinations, and a sense of floating that may occur after long-term sensory deprivation.
Boo Wong, Director of Emerging Technology at The Mill, noted, “Being selected by The White House for this project is an incredible honor. At The Mill, we strive to tell stories in compelling ways and find powerful applications of technology that help viewers connect and immerse themselves in new worlds. This collaboration with The Guardian demonstrates the power of virtual reality to inform and educate on pressing issues, where traditional formats my not have the same impact.”