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'Star Trek'-style 'teleportation' the new thing in travel

ANA explores a new way to connect people without flying

Kenji Uchida receives his daughter through an ANA Avatar Robot. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi) 

TOKYO/OITA, Japan -- How might you feel if you wanted to go to Hawaii, could book a trip at home via a website and then instantly find yourself transported to a palm-fringed beach with blue sky and gentle breezes?

The technology is not quite there, yet. But the day of such "Star Trek"-style teleportation is drawing ever closer thanks to a project developed by ANA Holdings, Japan's biggest aviation group, that has the immodest aim of "transcending the limitations of the human body."

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