Anyone here remember Second Life? A decade ago, this virtual world looked like the future of digital interaction. Blending gaming controls with social networking, the software allowed you to interact with millions of other players. While Second Life somewhat fell out of fashion, the idea is getting a new lease of life. Connect is a brand new digital experience made for virtual reality. It allows you to interact with your favorite apps through objects in your own virtual apartment. The whole thing is pretty mind-blowing.
– Free “Digital Life Network” can be experienced in 2D, 3D, or virtual reality
– Message your friends, view photos, play games in your own virtual apartment
– Customize everything in your digital real estate, with limited edition items to collect
Your New Virtual Home
In the days before Facebook’s dominance, Second Life was considered a pioneer of social networking. What made the platform so popular was the fact you could connect with real people through a virtual world. Furthermore, you could shape your own environment. Players regularly used to purchase digital real estate and create their own dream properties.
You can think of Connect as the natural extension of these ideas. Rather than roaming virtual worlds as in Second Life, you are given a swanky apartment to explore. The purpose of this space is to give some physicality to your digital life.
Instead of swiping your touchscreen, you can walk across to see your photos hanging on a virtual wall. Messages from your friends appear as virtual letters, while your address book becomes a real Filofax. You can even watch your favorite shows on a virtual TV screen.
The folks behind Connect originally set out to create a better messaging platform. Rather than collecting and monetizing data from users, they wanted to find alternative sources of income. Customization is a key part of this strategy.
Everything about your virtual apartment can be changed, from ornaments on your desk to the view out of your window. You can even install a replica of the Oval Office, should you so wish. Such upgrades will be available to purchase through Connect, and Kickstarter backers get exclusive access to limited-edition items.
Using a VR headset is clearly the most immersive way to experience Connect. The platform runs on Mac and PC with the HTC Vive, or you can use a VR adapter with your Android smartphone. It also works with the PS4 and with Android tablets.
For those without the equipment or the desire to try virtual reality, there are other ways to visit your apartment. Like a regular game, you can navigate the area on your 2D screen. As a result, Connect is always available.
“We are introducing you to a virtual home (in 2D, 3D, or VR), in which anything is possible: social networking, chat, video telephony, photography, listening to music, reading, surfing the web, furnishing your apartment, playing games, petting your virtual pet, or simply relaxing. Immerse yourself into the fascinating world of Connect!” — Connect on Kickstarter
What We ❤️
A brand new way to connect with friends and family, and enjoy digital content.
There are so many items we would like to see…but the dancing duckling is a great start!
– Kickstarter: Until September 16th
– Pledge: $4.75 USD
– Expected Release: September 2017