• Virtual tours have got to be one of the lamest things ever invented: Sit at your computer, squinting at some never-quite-good-enough photos of a place you'll never go to while clicking impotently with your mouse to "move" around. But touch interfaces, tablet devices, and augmented reality have changed all that. A company called TourWrist has one of the most spectacular virtual-tour user experiences I've seen: their free iPad app lets you hold the device up like a magic window and pan it around in physical space to reveal a totally different location -- many quite exotic.

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