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The Democratic debate gets a virtual reality twist




WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about Iran at the Brookings Institute September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about Iran at the Brookings Institute September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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For the first time ever, Tuesday’s Democratic debate is being broadcast in virtual reality, giving viewers at home the chance to experience the same freedom as those who are physically attending the debate.

DJ Roller is one of the founders of a company called NextVR. They’re the company responsible for bringing the technology to the debate.

"The promise of VR really gives audiences a chance to be in a place that they likely could never go or wish they could go, meaning you can go beyond the front row seat," Roller said. "If you're at the debate tonight, in the front row, the cameras with VR are actually up on the stage and around the candidates, so you can have a point of view that you've never been able to have before on television or being their in person."

While watching an event like a political debate may not be as thrilling as surfing giant waves or speeding down a mountain on skis, Roller says that this virtual reality broadcast is a way to experience a debate in a whole new way. 

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