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Virtually walk the streets of any city in the world

Virtually walk the streets of any city in the world
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If you've ever daydreamed about visiting an exotic location or a far-off place like Paris or Hong Kong, your dreaming inevitably hit a couple of hurdles. First, it costs a lot of money to jet-set around the world.

And, what if you actually spent hundreds or thousands of dollars to go somewhere only to discovery you don't like it that much? Even if you wanted to first experience a place using virtual reality goggles, you've run into money woes. VR goggles could set you back hundreds, or thousands of dollars, and you may find your experience isn't always that real.

Google, as it turns out, has a nifty solution to both these issues. With Google Cardboard, it lets you virtually visit destinations, and often for just around $25 for a Google Cardboard viewfinder.

Cardboard is similar to those old viewfinders, where you'd stick in a disk with images. Look into the viewfinder and all of a sudden, you're looking at really cool 3-D image of something like the Eiffel Tower.

Google Cardboard is light-years ahead of that experience - it's a real 360-degree, 3-D video. But the viewfinder itself is literally a build-it-yourself cardboard box. You use it with Google's Street View app.

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