Tech guru and Emmy-winning TV personality Katie Linendoll dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss the latest gadgets in her Back to School with a Cause campaign.

“For the last six years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with kids in pediatric cancer,” Linendoll explained on Gio and Jones.”So it’s been an amazing experience. One of my little BFFs – I’m kind of like a big sister to a lot of the kids – actually passed away, so we have a foundation for him. It’s very bittersweet. So all of these gadgets that I picked out, some of my favorite technology companies, a portion of the proceeds goes to the Batcole Foundation and supports 100 percent pediatric cancer research. So (I’m) very excited for that.”

Linendoll discussed the increasing popularity of virtual reality and how it is being used to help kids with cancer.

“You hear a lot about (virtual reality) in the world of technology,” Linendoll said. “It’s a big thing happening. In the Olympics, there’s over 100 hours of VR being programmed. Everyone has a smart phone nowadays, so everybody is a photographer. How do you now create compelling content that can’t be done by anyone on the street? So what they’re doing is turning to 360-degree cameras to create this immersive experience, this virtual reality, that’s brand new in the environment. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced VR. It’s nuts. It is game-changing. . . . The first time I was on it, I was training on a Navy ship in VR. It was so immersive that I forgot that an entire camera crew was around me.

“The intensive immersive experience – and a great place to do that is the Olympics – but where I actually get excited about the technology, (because) you can get so lost in it, (is) that I’ve actually taken it in now and I’m implementing it into hospitals,” Linendoll continued. “So these kids are actually sitting there for hours with radiation and chemo. Worst possible scenario. Okay, great that you can be at a concert and great that you can be entertained, but these are the kids that need it. So with the Batcole Foundation and a VR company called SilVR Thread, we’re creating custom content in VR to actually put the headsets on the kids and let them be in another environment.”


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