The Wander app is a nostalgic Wayback Machine for VR

The Wander app is a nostalgic Wayback Machine for VR

Let’s face it: 2020 isn’t the year for holiday travelThe CDC cautioned against it last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while that isn’t going to stop millions from trying anyway, many of us have to find alternative ways of seeing our old stomping grounds.

For most, that might be through the window of a Zoom call. If you have an Oculus Quest, you can go much, much further. I’ve spent the past week or so experimenting with Wander, an Oculus app originally released in the middle of 2019. The premise is simple: You get to visit any place with Google Maps Street View data, but in VR.

You can sum up what Wander does in a sentence, but it takes much longer to explain what makes that so cool. In a year where lots of folks will be stuck in their bedrooms during the winter holidays, Wander is a great way to lose several hours traveling across the world and, surprisingly, through time. Read more…

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