For virtual reality (VR) to enter the mainstream it needs to be adopted by not only a wide range of industries but also used by well known personalities to gain media coverage. For what is probably the first time, a presidential contender has filmed an event in VR.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had a campaign speech filmed in VR last month, by Virtuality Lab at the Hollywood home of Mimi Kennedy and Larry Dilg, reported Variety. The speech was for a campaign fundraiser for Sanders, who was approached by Virtuality Lab to trial the technology for his campaign.
The 360 degree VR video can be viewed via a compatible browser and controlled with a mouse or the WASD keys, it can also be viewed on a smartphone with the YouTube app for the 360 degree experience. If you own a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) you can view the video through the YouTube app for an immersive experience of Sanders speech if you wish.
While the senator maybe the first candidate to use VR technology, he probably won’t be the last as other presidential contenders try to gain the spotlight.
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