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Five things in five minutes
Friday 6 April, 2018

This week we're seeing virtual reality kicking goals in the sporting world, autism inclusivity and the fight to protect endangered species heating up. Read on to get the latest news in Five Things in Five Minutes.  

1. VR tech to make sporting dreams a reality
QBE Insurance and the Sydney Swans have partnered to launch Swans360, allowing users to experience what it's like to be a professional AFL player on Game Day. The immersive four minute virtual reality film will take fans from the sidelines right onto the field - mark this down. 

2. Autism-inclusive theme park to open
The world's first theme park designated as a Certified Autism Centre is set to open in the US. Sesame Place will include Sesame Street-themed rides, parades and shows, with autism-inclusive attractions and amenities. 

3. Thermal camera drones protect rare animals
Researches in the UK are monitoring rare and endangered animals with drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras. Capable of automatically identifying animals by their body heat pattern, the drones can also detect poachers.  

4. Tech set to lead retail trends in 2018
From multi-sensory experiences to retail channels embedded into cars, new technology is predicted to make our shopping experience more immersive than ever. 

5. Meet Fribo, the robot for lonely Millennials  
Researchers from Korea have developed a robot named Fribo that encourages young people to call and text one another. Distributed in a group of friend's houses, Fribos create a 'virtual living space'.  

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