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Instagram looking to 'teleport' users around the world via virtual reality

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Ever dream of seeing the world through Hefe-colored glasses? Instagram is working on it.

The brains behind the popular photo-sharing app are exploring using virtual-reality headsets to transport users across the globe, chief technology officer Mike Krieger reportedly said at the Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

According to Variety, Krieger said, “I’m fascinated with being able to travel the world via Instagram and just be somewhere different. Teleport yourself somewhere else.” He added, “Being able to experience that in app and eventually in some other experience would be really exciting.”

Krieger’s remarks echoed a recent interview with CNN Money, during which he said it would be “amazing” to collaborate with the team behind the Oculus Rift VR headset. (Oculus and Instagram are both owned by Facebook.)

“We have 80 million photos uploaded every day from all around the world,” Krieger said. “To be able to say, ‘Oh, what is it like actually to stand on the street corner and get a sense of the world from there’ … And do it with a filter.”