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WindowSwap is a refreshing break from lockdown

two dogs on a balcony
A window in Bangalore.
Image: WindowSwap via Polygon

Being in lockdown means that a change of scenery isn’t easy to come by; your view isn’t likely to change anytime soon. Luckily, Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam have come up with a clever solution to that problem.

Their new website WindowSwap invites users to “open a new window somewhere in the world.” When you click on the button on the site, it opens a new browser window (ha) that takes up the width of the computer screen and is filled with a video of a user-submitted view from their window.

The windows come from all over the world, and they can take you anywhere from a city apartment, to the woods, to the beach. They also offer the pleasure of pet-spotting, as dogs and cats can be seen in a few different windows. Helpfully, the windows also include information as to who submitted them, and where from.

If you’d like to submit your own window, Ranjit’s instructions say to take a 10-minute horizontal video of the view from your window or balcony, with at least part of the window frame in the shot, and send it to qunaliaa@gmail.com.

Here are a couple of our favorite windows below: