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Amazon eyes VR and AR homewares stores to show you products in your virtual home

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Augmented reality and virtual reality are still in their infancy in terms of non-gaming applications, but a new tip hints that Amazon may be about to change all that. 

We already know that Amazon is keen to go wide with brick-and-mortar bookstores and grocery stores, but a new report from the New York Times says the e-tailer is looking at doing the same with appliances and furniture.

Citing a “person briefed on the discussions,” the report claims that VR and AR are being looked at as possible features of a chain of Amazon homewares stores.  Read more…

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