The Oculus Go Wasn’t Designed for Black Hair

Here’s how I designed a prototype to fix it

Arwa Michelle Mboya
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In January 2020, I ran an in-person experiment for my thesis at the MIT Media Lab. The project, called Allo-I, is a virtual reality human interaction study that centers the lives and experiences of Black women — specifically, Kenyan women living in informal settlements in Nairobi. As far as I know, it’s the first…

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Arwa Michelle Mboya
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Virtual Reality Programmer; Storyteller; Feminist; Adrenaline Junkie; MIT Media Lab Graduate Researcher.; Sometimes I think I’m a pixie; virtuallyari.com.