If you're lucky enough to be healthy and with family this holiday season, you'll appreciate a recent tech-powered effort Honda undertook to bring the magic of Christmas to children unable to leave a hospital in Orange County, California.
Working in conjunction with the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), the auto company produced a stunning virtual reality holiday light display that immersed the children in the sights they weren't able to see outside of the hospital.
You can watch a 360-degree version of the video on YouTube (Chrome browser required) and a short,documentary-style clip featuring the children is currently on Facebook. For every "Like" or "Love" the video gets on Facebook, Honda has pledged to donate $1 to CHOC Children's and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (up to $100,000). Currently, the Facebook video has about 12,000 Likes/Loves.
VR is often called an "empathy machine" due to the technology's ability to connect us to others, and in this case, during the holidays, that description has never been more accurate.