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Japan's ANA to offer virtual vacations that feel real

Next-generation technology will be used to simulate activities such as fishing

ANA Holdings aims to offer a virtual fishing experience using a technology that mimics physical sensations.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Fishing may no longer require a trip to the great outdoors with Japan's ANA Holdings developing virtual vacations that take advantage of next-generation physical sensation technology.

The key to this service is so-called haptic technology that mimics the sense of touch using vibrations and motions. A race is on among major communications companies to develop the technology. Launch of the 5G communications format that enables the transfer of high-volume data is expected to help propel the advance. 

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