• How virtual reality is making its way into tourism industry

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    Virtual reality offers immersive, 3-D experiences via videos and images with 360-degree perspectives, using a 0 headset from Samsung or a virtually free cardboard contraption designed by Google.
    You can parasail and paddle-board using virtual reality content produced by Florida’s Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Tourism Board. You can land a jet on Hamilton Island in Queensland, Australia, then go swimming with tropical fish in the Great Barrier Reef. You can watch the opening song “Circle of Life,” recorded at a live Broadway performance of “The Lion King,” and peer around the theater at everything from the aisles and audience, to the performers and props, to the conductor and backstage. And even if you can’t afford Dubai’s luxury Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, you can take a 3-D online tour of a royal suite, lobby, helipad, bar, s…

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  • Researchers in China showcase a mind-controlled car

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    The driver needs to wear brain signal-reading equipment following which one can control the car. (Source: Reuters)
    Researchers in China have unveiled a car that can be controlled simply by the mind, according to a Reuters report. A research team from Nankai University in Tianjin helped developed the car, which is the first of its kind.
    The car works by capturing EEG (electroencephalogram) signals from the driver’s brain. It comes with 16 sensors to covert these signals into commands to drive the car. According to Reuters, the driver needs to wear brain signal-reading equipment following which one can control the car to go forward, backwards, come to a stop, lock and unlock vehicles without actually moving their hands or feet.
    It took two years for the researchers to develop the driverless car and was built with an initial i…

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