Google has just released the first episode in a new virtual reality series titled Google Immerse VR, which will investigate race, diversity, and identity. The five-minute-long pilot episode, as noted by Engadget, follows Dezzie Dimbitsara, a user experience designer at Google in Paris, who talks about how race has impacted her and her family.
“The thing is,” Dimbitsara says at the top of the video, “when you talk about racial identity, you have to talk about racism.” She also discusses insensitive comments made by acquaintances growing up about the texture of her hair, as well as her experiences raising biracial children. Published yesterday, the video already counts roughly 30,000 views.
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Google launched Daydream, a virtual reality platform baked into the latest generation of Android — as well as the $79 Daydream View VR headset — last year. Subsequently, YouTube launched a standalone virtual reality app last November on Daydream, with immersive content from top creators including Meredith Foster and Rooster Teeth.
And Google has received high praise for its original VR works. Pearl, for instance, s 360-degree short film that is part of the company’s Spotlight Stories initiative, received an Oscar nomination this year for Best Animated Short Film.