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Airbnb developing virtual and augmented reality for your next vacation External Link

Airbnb is making changes. Airbnb's CEO, Brian Chesky, told Mashable that the new Airbnb hopes to immerse its guests — to connect them not just with accommodations, but with destinations and experiences. 

Last November the rental company launched its Trips feature, allowing travelers to organize their vacations in addition to renting rooms, via the Airbnb app. The update allowed users to book restaurants, find experiences and events in nearby communities, and read reviews. 

Airbnb claims it will soon provide 3D scans of rental options to give prospective renters a better sense of the space they're renting. Further down the line, the company predicts, it may provide a virtual reality platform to allow travelers to explore potential destinations and plan vacations remotely.

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