connect is your virtual home which you can customize according to your own personal taste and needs. You can, for example, play games with your friends, chat, make video calls, listen to music, watch TV, read a newspaper, surf the net, or care for a virtual pet.
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Note: This Early Access software is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to use this software in its current state, then you should wait to see if it progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Many features are not finished yet, but we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy first experiences in Virtual Reality. We designed connect with much love and detail infatuation.”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“We plan to complete all promised functions by mid-2018.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“connect will offer:

- interface for multimedia (worldwide video, audio, print, internet, VR and games content)
- interface for user uploads (art work, photos as decoration, sounds, or 360° photos for an alternative view from the loft)
- customization (change furniture, pictures, materials and much more)
- video calls (in VR too)
- more games, virtual pets and virtual items
- new scenes (like a futuristic starship or an adventure camp)
- VR shopping
- more supported devices (iOS, Oculus, PlayStation, Xbox...)”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“connect now offers:

- write and read text messages (SMS) and connect or facebook messages (soon emails too)
- virtual, interactive home (with different light and weather settings)
- first virtual game: connect four
- virtual pets: duckling and very soon chicken and crocodile baby
- 3 modules: connect Basic (functionality), connect Media (first Video Player), connect Home
- VR support for HTC Vive and Android smartphone
- PC version, Android version
- additional content for Kickstarter backers (Oval Office, tiger duckling...)
- many other features are almost ready to be released”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are very grateful for feedback and bug reports. For this we created our own "BugBot". We will reward feedback and bug reporting with exclusive content very soon.”
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About This Software

We are introducing you to a virtual home (in 2D, 3D, or VR), in which anything is possible: social networking, chat, video telephony, photography, listening to music, reading, surfing the web, furnishing your apartment, playing games, petting your virtual pet, or simply relaxing. Immerse yourself into the fascinating world of connect!

What Is Connect?


Describing an app that offers unlimited possibilities is not that easy. However, we want to provide you with a short summary of all the things you can look forward to in our innovative project. connect is a Digital Life Network that is free of charge, and can be experienced in 2D, 3D, or VR (with VR glasses). In this app – which is compatible with almost all devices – anything internet has to offer is possible. In your virtual loft, which can be accessed through your smartphone, your tablet, your Mac or PC, or your gaming console, you can stream music and videos, just to give one example. Further, you can answer messages, read newspapers, or play games.

Customizable and expandable Virtual Home


The entire app is customizable to the minutest detail, and therefore perfectly matches your personal taste. Customizability begins with the furniture and accessories that can be found in your loft, and continues to the choice of view from your window, or your own handwriting. You are an art-lover? Go ahead and decorate your loft with art from a diversity of artists, your own photography, or own art.

Multimedia


You prefer following the news in international media? Thanks to a worldwide media-cooperation, content of various big newspapers and magazines will be available to you free of charge, likewise films, radio programs, and web portals.

Games and Virtual Pets


You are looking for distraction from your school-, university-, and office-duties? Go and pet your virtual pet, or play some simple games.

Intuitive


Sounds complicated? Don’t worry – due to our easy operability, all our app functions can be found quickly and easily. This is a the result of our photo-realistic depiction of objects, into which we have put a lot of effort, know-how, and love. With all that, you can operate everything just like you would in real life.

Multi Messenger


In the organizer on your virtual desk, you can unite all your contacts from a wide range of online networks, and reach them via a virtual letter. This is true for the phonebook- and email-contacts, but also for friends from other social networks or messenger services. You can, therefore, from the beginning, reach more people from connect than from Facebook (because Facebook becomes integrated into connect), even though they might not be using connect yet.

Device Independence


It is our goal to give you as much freedom as possible. For this reason, you can access your virtual home from almost every device. Whether from your smartphone or tablet (currently only on Android), PC, Mac, Linux or VR-Headset (HTC Vive, or VR glasses for smartphones like Samsung Gear VR) – you decide how you want to use connect.

We estimate that by the end of 2017 we can support the use of most other mobile operating systems (iOS, Windows Phone), VR glasses (Oculus), gaming consoles (PlayStation and Xbox), Samsung TV and long term a web-version which is directly available from the browser.

Data Security and Encryption


Another special feature of our Digital Life Network is that we – unlike our competitors – do not intend to collect our users’ data. Our number one aim is maximum data protection and keeping the user’s personal privacy. Messages sent via connect are end-to-end encrypted; through our individually customizable user interface, each user only reveals as much as he or she wants.

As we are therefore unable to sell personal information (and do not want to, either) we started looking for alternative sources of income: We will finance our business through voluntary product placement, in-app-purchases, and virtual shopping. This way, our app can remain free of charge forever, and will operate without forced advertising, and guarantee maximum data protection at the same time.

Interfaces For Users & Partners


Are you fed up with having to install a new app for each separate function? Or that your favorite software is not compatible with every hardware? Have you ever been annoyed that your different circles of friends are available on various different networks?

To get rid of these unnecessary irritants it is our goal, with combined strength, to build a network which unifies all the different digital contents and features, and where the utilization and operation is as easy as possible. For this purpose we have created a platform, where our Partners – and you too! – can upload content. Our partners will be uploading, among other things, 3D models of new objects or furniture, media content such as newspapers, magazines, books, TV or radio programs, or link connect with existing messenger services. You can upload art work, photos as decoration, animated GIFs or videos, sounds, or 360° photos for an alternative view from the loft, and determine who has access to it.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: no
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8+
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 950+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: yes
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