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Google brings virtual parade to disabled veterans

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 01:13

Disabled veterans who can't participate in Veteran's Day parades now have a virtual alternative. As part of Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, Google.org set up cameras on several floats in New York City's Veterans Day parade, for veterans who couldn't be there in person. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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There are many disabled veterans who could not physically be part of this parade... or parades in the future. But Google.org has found a way to bring the parade to the veterans. Through this cardboard device, vets like Alex Kowalski watched the Manhattan Veteran's Day parade, on the day of. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEX KOWALSKI, U.S. NAVY VETERAN WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR TWO AND THE KOREAN WAR, SAYING: "It's like being there, I don't care what you say. And being confined to a wheelchair, you didn't think about sitting down, you thought you were marching along with the group." Marching... as thousands of Americans waved their hands in appreciation. It's the magic of virtual reality... captured by 360 degree cameras mounted to floats, and broadcast out to VA hospitals nationwide. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CORNELL MURPHY, U.S. ARMY VETERAN WHO SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR, SAYING: That felt really, really rewarding. It felt like you were really, really there, making you feel like you want to wave back." "Google Cardboard" is one of the least expensive options when it comes to virtual reality, according to the company. Although these veterans say the experience was priceless...

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Google brings virtual parade to disabled veterans

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 01:13