Honda Brings Holiday Magic to Sick Kids with Virtual Christmas Sleigh Ride
Take a trip down the magical Candy Cane Laneby Ciprian Florea, on
Christmas may be about spending time with family and close friends, and stuffing a lot of presents under the tree, but it’s also a time when we should be kind and help those in need. Japanese automaker Honda is doing just that this Christmas by giving sick kids and teenagers at the Children’s Hospital of Orange Country in California a ride in its new, virtual Christmas sleigh.
Developed together with Microsoft and using the company’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Honda has created a virtual sleigh ride on Candy Cane Lane, an imaginary neighborhood that seems to depict the perfect holiday celebration. There’s snow, loads of Christmas lights, fireworks, and even Santa makes an appearance toward the end, riding in his reindeer-powered sleigh. The entire trip takes place in a Honda-badged sleigh which kids can stop to have a closer look at the colorful decorations.
The entire project was created for kids who were unable to leave the Orange Country hospital. Thanks to Honda’s kind gesture, several kids and teenagers were able to take the virtual trip down Candy Cane Lane and received an actual gift at the end of the journey. Needless to say, the campaign spread some much-needed Christmas cheer among the sick kids and their reactions are worth watching. Check out the videos!