Proxgy is a new application for travel and shopping. It would be an understatement to just say this, because the reality is that this app is very, very different and pioneering. Think of it as a kind of Uber with which you no longer hire someone to take you around with their car, but with their eyes.
As? Through a helmet with a camera. Let me give an example: with Proxgy I can decide to "hire" someone who goes to New York to a fair that I am interested in seeing in person, but that I cannot reach. I wear my virtual reality headset, my "avatar" wears his helmet and starts wandering around the fair, following my directions.
Travel through a third party
With the low latencies of fast connectivity and the ever increasing immersion of these devices, it will be like being right on the spot. Of course, standing still: someone else will walk for you and shop (on your own). But the eyes and ears will be practically there.
A little bit of shopping to shop through the Portobello Road markets in London? A morning stroll on Ipanema Beach, to hear the calm sound of the waves and watch the sunrise live? It can be done.
"You won't be able to feel the waves at your feet, but you can think of the experience as wandering the real world (and not the metaverse) through your human avatar," he says. Pulkit Ahuja, founder and CEO of Proxgy.
Proxgy, based in the Indian city of Gurugram, was launched last year during the first Indian lockdown caused by Covid. Since then, it has helped more than 1000 people with an average time of over 15 minutes of using the application. The app is free for users and helps with purchases and other things you need help with. The app allows even more "local" uses. For example, an elderly person can “guide” the camera on the helmet of his “avatar guide” using a joystick to run errands.
The most "suggestive" function, however, is that of helping to visit an event or place. With this app, people can see what a place is like without going there directly, or before going there. It can also be useful as a preliminary experience to a real trip.
Offer a place as a service
I overlook the undoubted usefulness of such a service for the visit that is a prelude to real estate purchases, especially in pandemic times. Wearing a helmet and literally looking around someone else's "eyes" can offer new perspectives and food for thought that escape my imagination. You can be part of a "book club" that every evening organizes a small tour and a reading in the most distant places in the world linked to literary works.
You will be able to participate in a treasure hunt in real time by "teleporting" on the heads of different people in different parts of the planet: all in a few minutes. You can buy any object in the world, in any physical place, making purchases in real places with the ease with which they are done in an e-commerce.
The only limit is the imagination. The "virtual" reality, if filled with our human factor, can become an additive of the "real" one.