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Most of us think of virtual reality as the next big thing in gaming. But this sad yet inspiring story of an ailing grandmother’s last days puts a powerful new spin on the technology.

An artist in the gaming industry, Priscilla Firstenberg, had the idea that the Oculus Rift VR headset might provide a welcome escape for her terminally ill grandmother, Roberta. Priscilla emailed the company, which responded with sympathy and lent her a headset to try out. Before long, Roberta was walking through a virtual Tuscan villa, trying to catch butterflies and admiring the sunshine.

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