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Brought to us by AARP Innovation Labs, Alcove was created with the goal of bringing multiple generations of families together in unique ways to explore, connect, have fun, and relax. Your virtual living room is a place to chill out with your loved ones, where you can play games, listen to classical music, share photos, or watch videos you’ve uploaded. When you’re ready, it’s also your portal to new adventures – city tours around the globe, hot air balloons, a back-country road trip, diving at the Great Barrier reef, and so much more.

The main app is free, but there are currently two add-ons: One has two short films of expeditions into space and the other is a variety pack of games from AARP’s Staying Sharp program to help maintain mental acuity as we age.

While other apps will help you find new friends, Alcove is all about spending quality time with the family and friends you already have.

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How to use

Hello and welcome! We’re a small group of fiftysomethings that built this site to help folks like you get more enjoyment from your Quest headsets.

This section is just a little tutorial on how to get the most from your time here.

We  created with the goal of making it easier to find what you’re looking for as well as providing you with some rare nuggets that you’re not likely find anywhere else!

To start off, we put the content into 6 categories

  • How to Get Started
    • Tips & Tricks for using your Quest 2
  • How to Get Together
    • Meeting friends & making new ones
  • How to Get Healthy
    • Exercise your body & your mind
  • How to Get Roaming
    • Visit exotic places while still in your house
  • How to Get Inspired
    • Fun education you didn’t know existed
  • How to Get Thrilled
    • Immersive movies, adventures abound in VR

You can reach each of these one of two ways

These buttons on the homepage

or with the How to dropdown menu from the top of the site.

Once you pick a category, you’ll get a page like the image below. The green arrows point to documents you can open by clicking on them, the red ones are sub-categories that will open up with more documents you can then open by clicking on them.

Once you’ve selected a document, it will open and look something like below. The green arrows are pointing to the categories you can choose from and the numbers in the blue dots tell you how many documents are in them. You can click on any you are interested in.

Please do be aware that we have only just started the site and it is a work in progress. We will be updating most of the content with more formatting and images soon.

We built this site for you, so please do reachout with any suggestions or requests. You can click the Contact Us link  and let us know your thoughts. Please do enjoy your time here. If you need to see these instructions again, you can click the big yellow button on the left of your screen. 


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