One of the many benefits of virtual reality (VR) is that it is a platform which can literally, take you to just about anywhere and without you having to leave the comforts and confines of home. Instead, you can strap on a VR headset and away you go to the top of the highest mountains, or to the deepest depths of the ocean, or of course, to New York City for a spot of window shopping.
Speaking of which, with the Holiday season now well underway and the big day only a matter of weeks away, most of the high street stores have now dressed up their windows to match the season. Of course, the Manhattan stores in New York, being some of the most active in this respect. If you are not in New York over the next few weeks but would like to check out the various big-name Christmas storefronts, then not to worry - as Google is making it possible to pound the New York streets and do a bit of Holiday window shopping, thanks to VR.
Google's new ‘Window Wonderland’ allows you to check out holiday window displays from 18 different stores and includes the likes of Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's on Third, Tiffany & Co on Fifth, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier and many more. The new feature is accessible via the online site so if you don't have a VR headset to hand, you still can head over to the site on a mobile device or via a desktop and check out the festive storefronts in both ‘normal’ image mode and also in 360 image mode. Each store page on the site even offers the ability to listen to an audio guide which looks to provide inside information from those responsible for this year’s window designs on how the designs came together. So whether you are sporting a new VR headset, on a mobile, or on a desktop, head through the link below to check out Google’s Window Wonderland. It is also worth pointing out that while you can't exactly shop any of the goods you see in the window displays, Google has kindly included a quick link on the Window Wonderland main page which will take you through to Google Search and a number of 'holiday gift ideas'. So it is sort of like shopping for real.