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Need a change of scenery? This site lets you gaze out from strangers’ windows worldwide

Feeling stir-crazy and tired of being locked up at home? Why not spend a few minutes and relax, traveling the world: there’s a fun site where users from across the world share what’s going on outside their windows.

Wondering if it’s safe to actually venture outside? Tap or click here to calculate your real-time risk of contracting COVID-19.

A cool new tool is built around a simple idea: connecting people. In these uncertain times, it’s easy to feel isolated, but taking a brief digital trip to stare off at beautiful, faraway places can be a lovely change of pace. Read on to find out exactly how the site works!

How WindowSwap works

Built by Singapore based artists Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam, WindowSwap allows users to record and submit 10-minute videos of what’s going on outside a window in their home.

RELATED: How to use Google Maps’ COVID-19 navigation features

WindowSwap is reminiscent of a project from earlier this year, Skyline Webcams, which lets you travel the world without leaving home. Tap or click here to find out how to use Skyline.

WindowSwap is more minimalist in concept and execution, however, opting simply to focus on the sights and sounds of the window at hand.

Using WindowSwap is easy: Navigate to the site, and then click Open a new window somewhere in the world. A window will appear, and the location will be shown at the top-right of the screen. To switch to a different window, click the same button again, and a new window will load in.

If you’d like to submit your own view, click the Submit button either on the main page or on the bottom-left when you’re looking out of a window. This brings you to an information page, where all of the relevant details for submission can be found.

Looking to make a quick submission? The essential requirements are as follows:

  • Send submissions to [email protected]
  • The video must be 10 minutes long, shot horizontal and in HD
  • Include both the window and window frame
  • Include your first name and location for credit

That’s everything you need to know to get started seeing the world from the comfort of home, but when you have to go back out in the world, it’s best to take precautions. Tap or click here for a map of COVID-19 road restrictions.

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