Alcove is a virtual reality app connecting family members across generations by bringing them together inside a virtual world filled with immersive experiences.
When you can’t physically be in the same room, or even on the same continent, meet your loved ones in Alcove’s virtual living room to create new memories as you journey around the globe, watch videos that surround you and play cognitive games together.
Through the VR for Change Alcove Challenge, AARP Innovation Labs and Games for Change will aim to inspire more people to think about how VR games can enhance the quality of life as we age, and enable people across all ages to experience simple, beautiful, and impactful VR. The challenge invites developers to submit a digital game that can have health or wellness benefits for older users.
Alcove is built as a platform for content with a mission to bring intergenerational families and the VR ecosystem together. It was built to be scalable and includes experiences created and curated by AARP Innovation Labs. Alcove currently includes content from creators around the world including AARP, Blend Media, the Dolphin Swim Club, EcoVR, Georgieff Studio, Head Start Design JumbliVR, Rendever, Paracosma, Parkline Interactive, Patched Reality, Sygic Travel, VArtisans, Virtuleap, and VR Health.
Social isolation is an increasing health concern. Studies have found that isolation and loneliness are worse for health than obesity or smoking, especially if you’re over 50. The health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Alcove was built with this in mind. We are driven to knock down the barriers created by social isolation or physical limitations, and open new doors to those affected … and we’re doing it with fun and engaging VR. Alcove bridges the physical distance between family members and empowers people to experience new places and things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do because of cost, time or mobility constraints.
Alcove is now available on Oculus Go.
Note: This is a beta version of Alcove. The app will grow over time with more exciting content, immersive experiences, and new features.
We invite you to join the adventure.
“Finally somewhere to go in VR that’s perfect.”
The Perfect Home
“Absolutely stunning realistic graphics…like a picture. Very good video app launch area. Home pics will be awesome when updated (it’s in beta). It’s just an amazing place to hang out. I can’t wait to be there with friends. Backgrounds outside are incredible as well. 10 out of 10, developers.”
“Really love this app. Sitting on the patio watching butterflies in the meadow listening to music has done more to relax me than any other relaxation app I’ve tried. Unreal!”
Finally, a VR experience done right!
“Combines comfort, customisation & utility for an engaging experience that manages to be both familiar and innovative. Before this I was reluctant to even demo VR to elder friends but with the direction Alcove is going I’m now considering getting my 82 year old MD-suffering Mother her own headset 🙂 Well done Alcove VR / AARP Innovation Labs, looking forward to future developments!”
If you are a startup or content developer who builds VR and AR applications with health, wellness and social impact, connect with us. And let’s see what amazing things we can build together!
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