While some took advantage of the confinement to learn how to make bread last year, Alex Shakespeare began to create a false window so that he could ‘visit’ different countries from his home. The user, who has shared the result on YouTube , developed this window to fill his desire to travel.
The artificial window shows different cities of the world live through the images captured by web cameras. The most curious thing about his project is that to change the landscape, he does not have to use a remote control, but instead uses a small world map that he has hanging on the wall of his home .
Instead of a transparent glass that shows what happens in the street, the false window has LCD and OLED screens that show very realistic images. In this way, the person who sees the landscapes of other cities in the world is completely immersed , as if he were looking through the window at a completely different place from the one he really is.
Shakespeare has called his invention ‘Window to the World’ and, using a world map, you can select a destination site thanks to a magnet shaped like an airplane . Thus, the creator can enjoy the views of Amsterdam or Las Vegas , for example, from the armchair at home instead of buying a ticket to travel personally.
Users can have the COVID certificate on their mobiles.
Currently, Shakespeare’s Window can transport you to five cities. In addition, to make the experience even more immersive, the inventor has installed speakers that emit ambient noise.
The user has put all his programming in open source , so that anyone who wants to have a ‘Window to the World’ can do it without problem. Although it is not the same as real travel , this option is a good idea for those who have difficulty getting around due to restrictions due to the pandemic.