VR, sadly is largely coming to be reduced to just another hi-fi source of entertainment, with immersive entertainment galore over the internet in the form of VR games. There are very few spirited technocrats who are spending their energies to make it more meaningful.
VR movies, with the latest entrant being VR magazine itself ElseVR, is making the storytelling more empathetic and participatory.
When it comes to tech giant Google, we are bound to expect the unexpected. It has taken up the challenge to add more sensible VR content. Rio: Beyond the Map, an effort to map Rio de Janeiro’s legendary favelas, which they launched at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Given the much hyped tourist attraction of Brazil, Google took upon the task to explore the mystery shrouded favelas, where more than 1.5 million Rio residents live. In an attempt to breakdown this invisible wall that divides Rio, Google’s Beyond the Map video experience uses 360-degree footage and a virtual host who’s a favela resident to take viewers on a tour to explore the favelas and tell some of the stories of the individuals who live there.
CHECK THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsUa1i5QQ0g
Beyond the Map is just one example of how technology like VR can amplify otherwise unheard voices and stories from around the world. As VR becomes more sophisticated and affordable, more impactful and creative projects will unfold.
Imagine when the enchanting inroads of Indian cities gets to see the limelight. It’s definitely a major tourism potential.
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Source: Singularity Hub