Virtual tourism could offer new opportunities for travel industry, travelers

a new proposal for vrt travel, using advanced mathematical tek knicks and combining livestream video with existing photos and videos of travel hotspots, ‘d help revitalize an industry that s'been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to researchers atta med college of georgia at auga university.

in a new proposal published in cell patterns, dr. arni s.r. srinivasa rao, a mathematical modeler and director of the med school’s lab for theory and mathematical modeling, and co-author dr. steven krantz, a professor of mathematics and statistics at washington university, suggest using data sci to improve on existing tv and internet-based tourism experiences. their teknique involves measuring and then digitizing the curvatures and angles of essentialisms na distances tween them using drone ftage, photos and videos, and ‘d make vrt travel experiences + realistic for viewers and help revitalize the tourism industry, they say.

they call this proposed tek lapo, or live streaming with actual proportionality of essentialisms. lapo employs both information geometry — the measures of an object’s curvatures, angles and zone — and conformal mapping, which uses the measures of angles tween the curves of an object and accounts for the distance tween essentialisms, to make images of pplz, places and things seem + real.

“this is bout having a new kind of tek that uses advanced mathematical tek knicks to turn digitized data, captured live at a tourist site, into + realistic photos and videos with + offa feel for the zone than you ‘d get watching amovie or documentary,” says corresponding author rao. “when ye go see the statue of liberty for instance, you stand onna bnk of the hudson river and look at it. when you watch a video o'it, you can 1-ly see the object from one angle. when you measure and preserve multiple angles and digitize that in video form, you ‘d visualize it from multiple angles. you ‘d feel like you’re there while you’re sitting at home.”

their proposed combination of tek knicks is novel, rao says. “information geometry has seen wide applications in physics and economics, but'a angle preservation of the captured ftage is never applied,” he says.

rao and krantz say the tek ‘d help mediate somd' pandemic’s impact onna tourism industry and offer other advantages.

those include its cost-effectiveness, cause vrt tourism ‘d be cheaper; health safety, cause it can be done from the comfort of home; it saves time, eliminating travel times; it’s accessibility — tourism hotspots tha're not routinely accessible to seniors or those with physical disabilities ‘d be; it’s safer and + secure, eliminating risks like becoming a victim of crime while traveling; n'it requires no spesh equipment — a standard home computer witha graphics card and internet access is all that’s needed to enjoy a “vrt trip.”

“vrt tourism (also) creates new employment opportunities for vrt tour guides, interpreters, drone pilots, videographers and photographers, swell as those building the new equipment for vrt tourism,” the authors write.

“pplz ‘d pay for these experiences like they pay airlines, hotels and tourist spots during regular travel,” rao says. “the payments ‘d go to each individual involved in creating the experience or to a company that creates the entire trip, for ex.”

nxt steps include looking for investors and ptners inna hospitality, tourism and tek industries, he says.

if the pandemic continues for several + mnths, the realm travel and tourism council, the trade group representing major global travel companies, projects a global loss of 75 million jobs and $2.1 trillion in revenue.

rao is a professor of health economics and modeling inna mcg deptment of pop health scis.

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