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Take A Virtual Trip To The Dominican Republic With Actual SI Swimsuit Models

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | February 16, 2016

Take A Virtual Trip To The Dominican Republic With Actual SI Swimsuit Models

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Until you level up in the cool points department, hanging out with a bunch of models on an exotic beach will have to remain a pipe dream. Thankfully, technology is trying to fix all that.

As the world discovered, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is out bearing the likeness of three models on its cover.

While Ronda Rousey, Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson celebrate their respective accomplishments, Irina Shayk, Nina Agdal and Hannah Davis are off in a virtual Dominican Republic world waiting for you to stop on by and say hello.

As Variety reports, this year’s rollout of the popular issue features more than just a versatile cover spread.

Fans now get to experience what it’s like to stand on the beach while a model poses in front of them.

Well, sort of.

Here is a brief example of what you can experience with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s:

We might not have flying cars or actual hoverboards, but we can now say we virtually spent time in the Dominican Republic during lunch.

For interested parties, you can download the SI Swimsuit app and access some of the free content. It should be noted, according to the help section, that you need an iPhone 6/6s that is also running iOS 9.0 or later.

SI Group Creative Director Chris Hercik spoke to Variety and explained the impetus behind the innovation: “Everybody wants to know what it’s like to be on the Swimsuit photo shoot. It’s the question I get all the time. This year we are allowing everyone to be there in the Dominican Republic, with us and the models, to experience the Swimsuit issue in a completely immersive way.”

If you want to take a trip to fantasyland, you will need a cardboard viewer that turns your smartphone into a virtual-reality set.

As reported, SI is combining just that very thing with 500,000 issues, which means a great deal of people who actually remember what newsstands are will be in luck. Or, you can always order a Google Cardboard set, which will also function with the VR portion of the app.

Free content is offered to anyone who downloads the SI Swim app, however there is more content lurking for anyone willing to pony up as little $1.99.

Not to worry if you are actually subscribing to the magazine, because you will get the wealth of the experience included.

Sadly, this is as close as we can get you to a beachside date with Hannah Davis. You’re welcome.

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