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Is virtual reality a fair reality?

In this episode, Adah Parris explores virtual and augmented reality alongside producer Catherine Allen, of Liminia Immersive. Together they discuss the pros and cons of this emerging new medium – plus strategies for building a diverse industry from the ground up. We also hear from Dom Raban whose project, Patient's Virtual Guide, showcases the positive potential of augmented reality as a powerful tool in healthcare.

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