If you are not traveling to Brazil for the Summer Olympics, you can still explore the geography and culture of Rio de Janeiro, courtesy of Google.
Rio: Beyond the Map, released to the public July 29, deftly blends archival materials with stunning video, interactive media and profiles of artistic Cariocas, as natives of Rio de Janeiro are called.
The project’s title alludes to Rio’s favelas, the poorly mapped neighborhoods where 1.4 million people, or 20 percent of the city’s population, live without addresses, according to Google’s blog post about the project. Mapping these regions is part of another Google initiative, the “On the Map” project. [14 Strangest Sights on Google Earth]
In a historic first for Virtual Reality, the 2016 Olympics will be broadcast in virtual reality. More than eighty events will be viewable in VR. Viewers will be able to watch the events on a standard Mobile VR HMD such as the GearVR, or with a full-feature VR headset. The content is not being live-streamed. There will be a delay of at least one day, according to NBC.
We look forward to being a part of it.