Bored of sitting at home for a long time? Reach for couch coop computer games. Online multiplayer is very popular, but local cooperation is much better. What are local multiplayer games?
These are games that allow two (or more) people to play on one computer or console, without access to the network. You can play in cooperation or against each other (versus / PvP), on a shared or split-screen. Don’t forget to check best coop games to play with kids.
Best couch coop and versus games
Are you looking for the best games for couch cooperation and competition? Here are our suggestions. In this video you will find 100 really great games for two players – both in coop, versus and split-screen versions. Most of them are available for Sony Playstation or Microsoft Xbox consoles and PCs.
We often use the term “gamesfor two” here, but some of them allow you to play up to four people at once. Still not enough? Don’t worry, we have more suggestions.
Another great local multiplayer games
Of course, this list of 100 games is not exhaustive. In order not to look far, here are three more great couch coop games.
DiRT 5 – amazing rally racing
DIRT 5 is a fun, amplified, off-road arcade racing experience created by Codemasters. Blaze a trail on routes across the world, covering gravel, ice, snow and sand, with a roster of cars ranging from rally icons to trucks, to GT heroes. (Steam)
A Way Out – time to get out of jail… together
A Way Out is an exclusively co-op adventure where you play the role of one of two prisoners making their daring escape from prison. (Steam)
Catherine Classic – strange, but great game
Catherine: a tale of love, betrayal, and the terror of commitment. Experience the mature action-adventure-puzzle game unlike any other from the makers of the Persona series, now enhanced for PC in all its Classic glory. Is love over? Climb to the top or die trying. (Steam)
Welcome to the new reality with vaccine passports, which are to become an usual feature of everyday life as lockdowns are lifted across the world. In fact, vaccine passports are nothing new and have already been used before, for example, when traveling to regions with yellow fever. Don’t forget to read about traveling during pandemic.
What is COVID vaccine passport anyway?
It is simply a document or application that confirms that you have been enrolled in the vaccine program. As we are now dealing with a pandemic, and therefore a global phenomenon, it is not a pass to given regions, but … to normal life.
How will the EU vaccine passport work?
Key to the digital certificate is a QR code – a machine-readable graphic code made up of black and white squares – that contains personal data and the EU’s Commission says it will be safe and secure. It is working with the World Health Organization to ensure the certificate is recognised beyond Europe. (source: BBC News)
The vaccine passport will allow you not only to enter the airport or restaurant, but also to school or work. Yes, your employer can ask you to provide proof of vaccination.
So if you want to go back to the pre-lockdown days, when everything was possible, you just need to get a document like this. How much do people need them? This is evidenced by the fact that illegal vaccine passports have already appeared on the darknet.
Efectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports
How well they would actually work? Critics, including the World Health Organization, worry that they might exacerbate inequality and undermine privacy.
There are two reasons why vaccine passports may be not be so effective. First – in truth, the vaccinated person should not get sick, but it is not fully known whether they will not be able to transmit new variants of the SARS-COV2 virus. Secondly, the value of a vaccine passport will last a long time in countries where vaccination takes a long time, such as in Europe, while in countries where most citizens are quickly vaccinated, their value will be negligible.
You need proof of vaccination to access many aspects of normal life, but hopefully the vaccine passports will only be a temporary solution. The question of freedom of choice is also often raised – if you are not vaccinanted you can’t leave your country or even you can’t go to gym – but it is a question of the greater good and necessity.
What about data privacy? Vaccine passports are based on sensitive health data and some fear that they will open the door to governments willing to snopp on their citizens. This is what happened in Singapore, for example, where the government handed over COVID-related citizens’ data to the police.
In any case, vaccine passports will certainly be one of the tools to restart the economy. However, it should be remembered that the basis of their effectiveness will be the effective operation of the vaccines themselves.
Yet another weareable to detect COVID symptoms? Well yes, but actually no. It’s FDA approved AI-powered (the device uses machine learning) armband which was developed by Tiger Tech – group of anesthesiologists at MSMC Miami Beach. It’s one of the largest hospitals in the US.
They have been working for years on weareable sensor system and researching COVID-19 state identification. This is an innovative solution for COVID screening and testing. Looking for another wearables to detect COVID-19? Click and read about smart sticker BioIntelliSense BioButton.
Tiger Tech COVID Plus – game changer that will help stop the spread of COVID-19?
This thing is serious. Tiger Tech COVID Plus was developed after years of research on disease states and months of research on thousands of COVID subjects, To put it simple – it’s an armband with embedded sensors that acquire biometric signals from the patient’s body.
Tiger Tech COVID Plus – how it works?
Tiger Tech COVID Plus armband is completely noninvasive and it takes less than 3 to 5 minutes to render a decision. Device checks for abnormalities in a participant’s biometrics, along with other COVID-19 complications. But it’s not a simple task – COVID Plus uses hundreds of unique biomarkers to find patterns associated with COVID-19.
“Positive and negative results are based on statistical analysis, specifically, the device analyzes where a user’s biomarkers are positioned relative to thousands of COVID and NON-COVID subjects. Most importantly, these markers are present in COVID asymptomatic subjects.”
This task is not simple but Tiger Tech COVID Plus usage is. Just look at the indicator – it shows red or green color.
And last but not least – it’s secure and protects your personal health information. Does not require cloud computing or historical data.
FDA authorizes Tiger Tech Covid Plus armband
Tiger Tech COVID Plus armband shows over 98% accuracy in positive cases and over 94% in negative cases. Still it’s not designed to take place of a diagnostic tests at this moment, just a second screening option.
AirPop Active Plus is a mask that will monitor the air quality around you. Thanks to Halo sensor inside and AirPop app, you can see feedback about your breathing and your mask performance together. Active+ Halo Smart masks are designed for comfort, breathability and for the purpose of active outdoor lifestyles.
Halo sensor connects to your smartphone by Bluetooth. Halo’s discreet sensor array automatically detects when you start breathing and then syncs your breathing data with the app. It can even alert you when mask’s filter needs replacing. You don’t need to charge the Halo – it uses coin battery CR1632 which should functions for up to 6 months.
Is it waterproof? The Halo Sensor is IP64 liquid splash resistance-rated, meaning it can function under liquid splashing conditions. If you want to wash the mask jacquard outer shell, you should remove Halo Sensor and filter first.
All about masks in the context of COVID-19
Masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives; the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against COVID-19.
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all! (Source: WHO)
Halo App syncs with your local air quality index (as you move), and can track your distance travelled and breathing cycles. An inhale/exhale LED ring indicates breath rate while its intelligent capture supports real-time or background passive modes.
With which mobile devices is the Active+ mask compatible? Android: the app supports Android OS 6.0 (marshmallow) and all newer versions. iPhone: the APP supports iOS for iPhone 7 and newer devices.
AirPop Active Plus – everything is better with Bluetooth
AirPop mask can store data independently, so you don’t need to carry your smartphone every time when you wear it. Just turn on the Bluetooth in your smartphone and log in to the App to sync data. The Halo can retain breathing data information for up to 7 days. The data synchronized to the App will be automatically uploaded to the cloud. If a new mobile phone is replaced, the previous data can be synchronized from the cloud to the new smartphone (if the same account is used).
The AirPop Active Plus masks are ready to ship beginning of march 2021 in the price of 149,99 USD (includes 4 replaceable filters).
Sticker and app for COVID-19 symptom and vaccine monitoring? Really? Why not? BioButton is a new COVID screening solution – at work, home and even school. It is about a size of coin and uses wireless Bluetooth comunication.
BioButton is not a toy. This is FDA-cleared medical-grade wearable for continuous monitoring up to 90-days. It’s discreet with design for an effortless user experience. This device is making remote patient monitoring and early detection simple.
What does BioButton do?
It uses sensors to continuously track your skin temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate at rest measurements. Monitoring combined with advanced analytics enables the BioButton to find symptoms of early potential COVID-19 infection.
This device can tell you that you are sick, even if you don’t know it yourself.
But… wait! Is my personal data safe with BioButton? This device protects health data with end-to-end encryption (AES-128) from data capture to secure storage.
If you want more details don’t hesistate to contact BioIntelliSense – producer of BioButton and even ask about a demo.
Remember that devices of this type are still in the early stages of development. There is no substitute for common sense and compliance with WHO rules.
TOP 20 best family games to play together with your kids on Playstation, Xbox or PC. These are a LOCAL coop games (couch coop – internet connection is not needed) so you need one computer/console and at least two gamepads. List with description below:
#20 – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom Rehydrated
Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs.
#19 – The Last Crystal
The Last Crystal is a co-op adventure game for 1 or 2 players. Team up to explore a dangerous magic temple with its lively forest and dark caves, defeat epic foes, join helpful allies, acquire unique powers and solve enigmatic puzzles to unravel the secrets behind the last and most powerful crystal.
#18 – Trials Fusion
Take on an unlimited array of platform-racing challenges in the unreal world of Trials Fusion. Using your skills to traverse across obstacle-laden, ramp-ridden courses, you must strive to set track records against the best Trials players around the globe.
#17- Alpaca Ball: Allstars
Football with Alpacas! Bring the cup home in this hilarious and chaotic physics-based party game. Play with up to 8 players in versus mode, or tackle the career mode either solo or in 2 player co-op! Peru-ve yourself on the Picchu and win those Machus!
#16 – Cuphead
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era: traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.
#15 – Abracadabrew
Abracadabrew is a memory-based 1-4 player local co-op game. Cooperate with friends while using your memory to brew as many potions as you can by dawn. Gather ingredients hidden around the room while communicating and staying focused to unlock new brain-racking potion combinations.
#14 – Rayman Origins
Rayman Origins is a comic adventure set in a lush world with over 60 levels teeming with unexpected secrets and outlandish enemies. Play Rayman Origins and discover or rediscover the magical universe and legendary gameplay that captured the hearts of millions of fans…
#13 – Balan Wonderworld
BALAN WONDERWORLD is a wondrous action-platformer game themed around a mysterious musical theatre. The stars of the show will use special abilities from a multitude of characterful costumes as they adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld. Only demo is available at this moment – full game is scheduled for release on March 26.
#12 – Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed
Race as Sonic and a host of legendary All-Stars and prepare to transform! Speed across land, sea and air in a high velocity battle to the finish line, as your amazing transformable vehicle changes from car to boat to plane mid-race. Racing on mobile will never be the same again!
#11 – LEGO Movie 2 Video Game
The alien monster invaders have left Bricksburg in ruins and taken Emmet’s friends! It is now up to Emmet and a host of heroic characters to go beyond their world and save their friends from the strange inhabitants of the Systar System. Journey into outer space, discover new worlds, and test your Master-Building skills.
#10 – Human Fall Flat
Discover the funniest multiplayer physics puzzle platformer! In Human: Fall Flat you play as a wobbly human who keeps dreaming about surreal places filled with puzzles where he’s yet to find the exit. Exploration and creativity are key, as every option is welcome!
#9 – Ultimate Chicken Horse
Ultimate Chicken Horse is a party platformer where you build the level as you play, taking turns placing traps and hazards and trying to screw your friends out of a win.
#8 – Rocket League
Download and compete in the high-octane hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem! customize your car, hit the field, and compete in one of the most critically acclaimed sports games of all time! Download and take your shot!
#7 – Overcooked (series)
Overcooked, the chaotic couch co-op cooking game for one to four players! Working as a team, you and your fellow chefs must prepare, cook and serve up a variety of tasty orders before the baying customers storm out in a huff.
#6 – Trine (series)
Trine is a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. Set in a world of great castles and strange machinery, three heroes are bound to a mysterious device called the Trine in a quest to save the kingdom from evil.
#5 – Rock of Ages (series)
A rock-solid combination of rock-rolling action, deep strategy, and … art and music from different ages of history, this is a game of crush or be crushed!
#4 – Biped
Biped is a coop action adventure game with a strong focus on moment-to-moment collaboration between 2 players.
#3 – A Hat In Time
A Hat in Time is a cute-as-heck 3D platformer featuring a little girl who stitches hats for wicked powers. In A Hat in Time you play as a tiny space-travelling girl with a big tophat. Her adventure is halted when all her fuel, the Time Pieces, is lost and scattered across a nearby planet.
#2 – Claybook
Claybook is a unique world made entirely of clay. Every inch of the environment can be shaped and molded. Everything has matter inside it, not just an outer shell. Clay can be liquid or solid, and it can be deformed and destroyed.
#1 – Unruly Heroes
Inspired by the timeless Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West’, take control of four unlikely heroes that battle a diverse lineup of enemies and show off your Kung-Fu skills. Seamlessly swap between heroes and journey west across stunning different environments in order to hunt for the scattered remnants of the Sacred Scroll. There are two multiplayer modes – coop in story mode and versus mode.
We use different type of masks during pandemic. Simple medical grade masks or more advanced, like N95 or FFP3 class masks. But this particular mask is cutting edge – this is LG PuriCare Weareble Air Purifier. This technology allows you breath again, safely and without sweating.
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier – perfect mask against coronavirus?
Looks great is’nt it? But it is not about just cool desing. This device uses H13 HEPA filters, medical grade silicon (same materials applied to oxygen respirators at hospitals), dual fans (!) for ventilation and a respiratory sensor. It really is mask of the future.
Of course, it has to be said that there is no guarantee that the HEPA filter will trap something as small as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in every case. However, it certainly increases the safety of the wearer.
Here are the basics of how to wear a mask:
– Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time. – Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin. – When you take off a mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask, or dispose of a medical mask in a trash bin. (Source: WHO)
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier is light (just 126g) and has ergonomic design. It is comfortable for everyday use, but fits and seals to your face to minimize air leakege around nose and chin.
Better breathing with LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier
HEPA filters can filter out 99% harfmful particles and thanks to respiratory sensor which detects the user’s breathing cycle / volume and regulates the speed of the fans you can breath safely and freely. Dual fans has 3-step air flow control. About 30 LPM (liter per minute) is needed for walking and 80-90 is for running. But of course it’s better to run where there is no need to wear a mask.
Usage time is 4 to 8 hours. The 820 mAh built-in battery can be fully charged in two hours with USB type C.
LG PuriCare – replaceable parts and accessories
HEPA filters and washable face pad are replaceable. It is crucial to keep it clean for repeated use. It is recommended to replace the HEPA filter after one month of use.
Additionally you can purchase UV case for your cool mask to sanitize 99,99% of bacterias and viruses within 30 minutes. It also supports LG ThinQTM to check the operation status. Great, but you need to buy it separately.
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier – price and availabilty
You can check availability LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier in your region on official LG page. At this moment you can buy LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier online (Hong Kong shops) at price of 1180 HK$ (over 150 US$). Shut up and take my money? BUT – some stores sell it for as much as 290 US$.
And remember – this is NOT medical equipment, so you have to consult doctor before use.
We all miss traveling very much. Some of us have to travel anyway because of the nature of their work. Others are prepared to take the risk of tourism in a pandemic. Be ready for pandemic time threats! These essential gadgets will allow you to travel much safer.
Pay attention to the laws of the country you are going to. The restrictions due to COVID-19 can be really different and change dynamically. You can get stuck in quarantine – be ready for it.
Pay special attention to the certificates of the masks. Unlike regular surgical masks, N95 or FFP3 class face masks will make you feel much safer in the crowd or on the plane. They stick better to the face, and thanks to the valve, breathing is much easier. However, remember to replace the filters and do not use disposable masks many times. This is your personal protective equipment that are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face.
Bandanas can come in handy in low-risk situations, but when you still need to cover your face due to the law. They are comfortable and you can always wear them around your neck. The bandana can also be used as a second, outer protective layer – you can wear surgical mask underneath.
Pulse oximetry is a noninvasive method for monitoring a person’s oxygen saturation. Your blood oxygen saturation level can tell you about possible lung problems. It helps with the early detection of the condition called silent hypoxia, of some COVID-19 patients, during which they still look and feel comfortable, but their SpO2 (oxygen saturation) is perilously low. Pulse oximeters are now even built into smartwatches and smartbands.
But remember… Simple pulse oximeters (just like those built into smartbands) cannot be trusted completely – they are not medical devices. It’s still better than nothing and you can monitor yourself wherever you are, including on the go.
Constantly changing gloves or using antibacterial gels (which are not 100% effective anyway) can be really troublesome. Of course, It’s best not to touch surfaces where pathogens can accumulate, such as door handles. In many situations, however, you can use the handy tool to open the door or press the buttons on the elevator. It’s a simple but extremely effective solution.
Your home and your workplace must be safe, with clean surfaces, objects and air. You can fight coronavirus and other pathogens with some gadgets, like UV sanitiziers and air purifiers. If you want to avoid touching surfaces, you can use keyboard protectors and install smart faucets and touchless soap dispensers. The fight against germs can be carried out in various ways. Here are a few of them.
What areas should be prioritized for disinfection in non-health care settings?
Disinfection practices are important to reduce the potential for COVID-19 virus contamination in non-healthcare settings, such as in the home, office, schools, gyms, publicly accessible buildings, faith-based community centres, markets, transportation and business settings or restaurants. High-touch surfaces in these non-health care settings should be identified for priority disinfection such as door and window handles, kitchen and food preparation areas, counter tops, bathroom surfaces, toilets and taps, touchscreen personal devices, personal computer keyboards, and work surfaces. (Source: WHO)
UV Clean Sanitiziers to clean your phone or surfaces
Hospital workers have been using UV light for a long time to help sterilize surfaces and objects. Today, UV light could be effective against the coronavirus. UV sanitizers come in various forms, from UV sanitizing wands, to sanitizing cases and germicidal UVC lamps. What type of UV sanitizer you should choose? It depends on what you’re trying to disinfect.
A smartphone is one of those items that gathers the most bacteria and viruses. To disinfect it you can use a decontamination device with UV light (as well as keys or other small items). These UV cases can also be used to disinfect face masks as well.
Air Purifiers can get rid of dust, smoke, bacteria and viruses
You have to know, that HEPA filters in air purifiers can stop some viruses, but not all of them. The problem is, that coronavirus is very small, even smaller than dust particles (PM2,5) or bacterium.
If you want to fight viruses effectively, you need to buy an air purifier with an ionizer (e.g. Sharp with Plasmacluster technology) or/and with UV-C LEDs. However, even purifiers without an air ionizer can make the air in your home or office much cleaner. In times of a pandemic, the problem of smog must not be forgotten at the same time.
Is this computer is used by many people? If so, how to avoid virus transmission? Disinfecting it each time would’nt be very comfortable. But you can simply equip it with a cover – completely washable and reusable.
It provides protection for your keyboard against spills, dust, and other contaminants. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.
Smart faucets and soap dispensers – hey Alexa, water is too hot!
Hand soap has evolved from bars of solid soap to liquid soap in pump dispensers to automatic, hands-free solutions. Touchless operation provides for easy, hygienic soap dispensing.
If you’re looking to upgrade your handwashing experience to a touchless one and more safer, these products can help. Smart soap dispensers or smart faucers allow you to run them without touching. This is an excellent solution if the bathroom is shared by many people.
Forget about office life. We work from home during a pandemic. Working and spending a lot of time at home can be very stressful. However, we can make it more enjoyable and comfortable. How to create better conditions for home office?
What are the recommended practices once back home after outdoor activities?
Thorough hand hygiene: washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand gel, should be performed before touching surfaces, items, pets, and people within the household environment. (Source: WHO)
Before we move on to technology… take care of your well-being and the environment. It’s really relaxing to watch the plants. If you remember the NASA Clean Air Study program, you know that plants purify the air of many harmful compounds. Plants can be a great complement to air purifiers.
But wait. Does this plant levitate? Yes, why not? It’s a bit mesmerizing.
You can’t work from home without internet. On the other hand, working on a slow internet will be irritating and less efficient. The load on the Internet network during the lockdown increased significantly and its performance decreased. Ensure fast network operation thanks to a router supporting the latest Wi-Fi 6 (ax) standard. Of course, other devices (such as a laptop or smartphone) must also support the standard in this version.
If you want to get a good use of your new router you should contact your internet provider.
If your laptop has a low quality webcam and you look like a blur at video conferences, it’s time to get a new webcam – preferably 1080p (Full HD quality). The same goes for a microphone – external webcams usually offer better sound quality than built-in devices.
Working for hours at a computer is very tiring. Take care of your wrists – use ergonomic mice and keyboards, as well as wrist rests that will protect you from injuries. This will not only ensure better comfort of work, but also protect you from degeneration of the joints. Vertical mouses look strange – it’s true. But trust me, your wrists will thank you for this.
When working at home, get rid of as many cables as possible. Choose wireless headphones to comfortably answer calls and participate in video conferences. The headphones will also allow you to muffle the sounds of the environment, which allows for better focus.