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Have you ever just want to get up and go far, far away? Do you have dreams of drinking coffee in Parisian cafes, romping around Icelandic lagoons, or exploring Turkish bazaars? Yes? Well, Vina, that makes two of us.

While you might have sufficient dreams of travel, you might not have the all-important money, resources or time. In any other age, these limitations would sufficiently thwart you. But not in our highly advanced society where traveling is becoming possible without money or time. How you ask? With a little help from virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). So, grab yourself a fancy schmancy device, open up Google images and let’s go.

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You might have heard the terms VR and AR, but what do they really mean? How do they differ? What can they do for your perception of reality?

To break it down very simply: AR & VR products offer an engaging way to see really cool things in 360 degree content.  You can go from strolling the halls of the New York Met Museum to scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica within minutes (and all from the comfort of your couch). While the two are often compared or talked about together, there is a  difference between the two realities.

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Putting a VR headset over your eyes is an entirely immersive experience. You will leave your current reality and dramatically enter a different one. Thus, with an VR set you can feel the sensation of climbing the Andes Mountains or visiting an Indian shrine. The immersion can actually be quite dramatic. Users of VR have reported feeling the physical sensation of riding a rollercoaster or being in a war zone while using a VR headset.

AR, meanwhile, enhances (ahem, augments) your lived reality. So instead of being transported to a new city, you might be able see the Eiffel Tower on your sleepy old city street (or a dinosaur in front of your local library).


2017 is supposed to bring bigger and better changes; it’s predicted that AR and VR are here to take the world by storm. During 2017 the product will receive enhancements in resolution, price reduction, and improvements in use and setup, with the hope this will bring in new players and a bigger cliental. Microsoft and Intel already have plans for simpler, less expensive VR headsets that will be attached to PCs running Windows 10 Holographic Platform. And we can’t forget about Apple, word on the street is they are dabbling in creating an IPhone attachment by the end of this year!

Not only is this device awesome, but also the women who are working with these various tech companies are even better! They work on everything from design to programming of products. These role models include Tricia Clarke- Stone, the CEO and co-founder of Narrative (a creative tech and innovation agency), Robyn Tong Gray, chief creative officer and co-founder of Otherworld Interactive, and Danielle Dy Buncio, president of VIATechnik. These women are breaking the stereotype that exists within the tech world by working their booties off day in and day out to create something that can revolutionize our future! Complete badasses!

So what do I think you should do? Grab a VINA and travel! You know from your living room or coffee shop or whatever!

Let us know what you think about this compelling technology!

(Feature Image Via- @theoNEIUN)

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