A while ago we were visiting our friends and they proposed we should play AirConsole. I had no idea back then what it was but I’m glad that they introduced us to this game :). Thea idea is very simple – laptop/TV or something similar is the screen and your smartphone is the controller. All you basically need is an internet browser. There’s quite wide selection of different games which acquire teamwork, knowing each other or are just plain fun. Be warned, some of the games can be quite addictive :)! To use it just visit https://www.airconsole.com/ and press start. You will be prompted with 6 digit code which you can insert to your phone to join the session. For more comfortable usage I would recommend installing an app to your smartphone although you can just use the browser. Different games can be played from 1 up to 8 people. The only minus is that in free version a lot of choices are limited and you will get commercials in between. In order to avoid it one of the players (not all, only one) will have to purchase the Hero version which is 3 dollars a month + there are free trials. In that way all the other players in the session will also get a commercial free experience. Go and try for yourself :)!
Yesterday I visited a place called Baasjaam (www.baasjaam.ee) which is a virtual reality center opened roughly half a year ago in Tallinn. Throughout the last years when VR has grown more and more popular I’ve had my change to try out some VR games at different events. For some reason I’ve always been drawn to this kind of technology, probably just because what this can offer to us. It’s just not about the games but the usage is much more wider. For example this technology has reached healthcare, education, space exploration, crime investigation and so much more. I personally are very anxious to see what happens in the next 10 years but yet again I hope that we manage to implement this in our lives with a sense of reason and the real human contact wont disappear. Slippery slope… I know.
But at Baasjaam you can use the VR set for half on hour or an hour for a reasonable price and try out quite a big number of different games and experiences. The staff is very friendly and they have VR stations both for sitting and standing up. In addition they have a special party room where you can hold your birthday or company party for example.
One thing that they sadly don’t have is a full VR harness. I managed to try it once at Escape Room, Lootsi 8 in Tallinn and it gives in some way a more authentic experience because all of your senses are “deceived”.
If you don’t have any contact with this at all then I would recommend to go and just try it out for once. It’s not for everyone and the quality is currently not as good as it can be but it’s still an experience.
Leave your comments below about what you think of this VR revolution that’s slowly starting to effect our everyday lives.
If some new technologies can bring as much bad as good here are 2 that will definitely find a place in our world. The biggest problem with these kind of new things is the cost and therefore availability for bigger audience. If that issue can be solved then there could a lot of good things coming. I especially like the idea of Gravitylight. It might not mean much to people living in the modern world but there are millions of people for who this can literally be a lifesaver.
I’ve always been fascinated about the new technologies that are slowly or in some cases rather quickly being integrated into our lives. I believe that there are always 2 sides to each story. From one side it’s great that there are a lot of new technologies that help us every day and offer us experiences that we couldn’t even dream about 10 years ago. But from other perspective it’s quite terrifying to think about what will happen with that true real human experience and human connection in the midst of this technology age. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes. I really hope that we manage to combine the best parts from both of the worlds.
Here’s one example of technology that you can already buy. And actually these kind of things don’t even have to be outside of your body anymore…