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See the world, ‘virtually’ and hassle-free


October 22, 2014

A crew from NHK Media films an upcoming episode for a series to be aired on Japan’s public television about advances in technology that will make life easier and more fun. The film session took place last week at Harbour Pointe Retirement in Mukilteo where residents were taking virtual reality trips.

One senior citizen went scuba diving last week. Another piloted an airplane. Yet another walked along cobblestoned streets to a fancy villa in Italy.

All went on their adventures from the comfort of their home, Harbour Pointe Retirement, via a digital world known as “virtual reality.”

Residents have been enjoying these high-tech explorations thanks to Martin Buehler and his family, regular visitors to the retirement community.

They bring special goggles, a computer system and software that enable users to “virtually” travel in 3D environments. The experiences are so close to real...

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