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That's something like what the people at design team BeAnotherLab put together. For the project The Machine to be Another, they strapped two people to an Oculus Rift, then linked the feeds from two cameras, each attached to the other headset. In other words, each person saw what the other should be seeing, in the hopes that it could help them develop empathy for the other. (Of course, that required them to synchronize their movements. But still.)

As Yannick LeJacq at Motherboard points out, this is more art project than scientific study. Still, though, it's not too absurd to think that, within reason, we can use virtual reality to better understand someone: research has backed up the idea that we can pick up empathy, or even learn to drop bad habits, through VR. We can't ever fullyunderstand what it's like to be someone different than us — whether it's gender or something else, people are complicated — but maybe we can get an inkling.

I would have thought they'd need full body suits to get a full experience.

I wonder if the brain bridges the gap.

Related: "I could never be a woman, 'cause I'd just stay home and play with my breasts all day."  Harris K. Telemacher, L.A. Story

"I would have thought they'd need full body suits to get a full experience."  Or just some fundawear!

OMG fundawear!

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