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New Google VR short takes a look at racial identity

New Google VR short takes a look at racial identity


The 360-degree video is reportedly the first in a new series

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There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about using virtual reality to foster empathy, so it’s appropriate that Google’s latest VR venture focuses on racism and racial identity. The 360-degree video looks at the experience of Dezzie, a UX Designer working for Google in Paris, who talks about how everyday racism and racial bias affects her life.

“Stand shoulder to shoulder in Virtual Reality with Dezzie and explore her challenges, successes, and sense of identity as you travel with her around Paris and back to her childhood home,” says the video’s description on YouTube.

According to Engadget, the video is the first in a new series from Google titled “Immerse VR.” Engadget says following videos will focus on “the nuances and complexities of race, diversity and identity,” and we hope to see further additions soon. Elsewhere in Google’s VR department, it’s been busy porting the incredible Tilt Brush app to the Oculus Rift and experimenting with a new way to add faces to VR headsets in mixed reality.