5 Family Friendly Apps to Liven up Any Party

It is true that it has been a while since we’ve all partied, given the pandemic, but it’s not like family gatherings will never come back. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, a wedding, or a birthday, we will soon one day be dancing with our loved ones the same way we did before. Personally, I can’t wait for this, as it has been months since I’ve had the opportunity to have a special moment with a friend or family member that wasn’t over Skype. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long!

However, the truth is that there can be dull moments even at the best of parties. Sometimes people aren’t in the right mood, sometimes an awkward situation occurs that nobody knows how to resolve, sometimes there are new guests who aren’t as similar to the usual crowd. It is times like these when a bit of help is needed to get the party going, and usually, this makes us turn to games like monopoly or truth or dare, which are great in their own right but can’t be played forever. Thankfully there are also many apps on the market that are great at transforming the atmosphere of a party from tense to laidback and relaxed. In this sense, technology hasn’t just provided us with a means of communication during these dire times, but also ways to have fun while in quarantine and beyond. With this in mind, here are 5 great family-friendly apps you can use to liven up any party, whether it’s a small one with the few family members you’re isolating with now or a big one in the future which I’m sure we’ll have when this all over.

Heads Up

You can probably guess what this one involves by the name. Created by talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, Heads Up involves placing your phone on your head, with your phone displaying a name, as your family members try to show you using body gestures what that name is. The competitiveness comes from the fact that there is a timer that will run out if you don’t guess the name of the person. I say, person, as it will usually be a famous person, but it could also be an animal or a place. It could even be a silly accent, though this may want to be avoided if older grandparents are playing as this can cause arguments when they inevitably take it a step too far.

Bloop

If monopoly has failed to cause a family argument if sufficient proportion, then perhaps Bloop is the game to try to get the competitive spirit out of your family members. Designed mainly for large phones and tablets, Bloop is a rapid touch game in which players must tap their individual color tiles as fast as possible while they move, all at the same time. Fingers will clash, hands will collide, and maybe become fists if parent control isn’t applied!

Bluff Wars

As the name suggests, Bluff Wars is a game of lies. While it may seem lighthearted, it basically relies on how well you and your opponent can lie, which can cause some tension. That being said, it really is just a bit of fun for the most part that up to 6 family members can play.
Reverse Charades

This one is an absolute goldie. I’m sure you know the classic game of Charades, usually played by drunken family members on Christmas, but I bet you’ve never heard of Reverse Charades. In this game, one single person has to guess different words as they are acted out by the entire family, rather than everyone trying to guess what one person is acting out. Imagine your friends all trying to act out Lord of the Rings at the same time and you’ll see why this app has gotten so popular.

Sketch Party

Sketch Party is essentially a convenient form of Pictionary which can be transferred from your phone to an Apple TV, making the classic game a little less intense as you can just lounge on the sofa as if you’re watching TV while playing.

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Why Smart Tech is Changing the World of Real Estate Development

I would like to start this passage by writing that technology has revolutionized the world; this, of course, is no controversial statement that I have made; it is all rather evident. It is important, however, to really analyse and examine how this has affected our way of life and our planet; do we now exist in a post-human world. One industry that has been completely transformed by technology is that of real estate or housing. Now I am not going to write in this passage that tech has changed the entire landscape of the housing world people are still going to need their joiners or their septic companies. I am simply stating that cities have begun to rely on smart tech more than ever; as this passage will detail.

Why we Need Smart Tech

Well, it is all quite simple overpopulation; it has been predicted by the United Nations that by the year 2050 the global population will be at just under 10 billion people; with 66% of these people projected to be living in cities. The current global population rises by 220 000 people every day, and we will need somewhere for them to live obviously. The cities we currently reside in are truly at breaking point and are unable to cope with these new population demands. I mean listen to this fact, it currently takes over four hours to drive from one side of London to the other; this is due to the insane motor congestion. This has given real estate developers a real quandary how can they not only keep up with; but lower this congestion. Big problems need big ideas.

What Would a Smart Tech City Look Like?

A smart city would be extremely reliant on new technology. Which would involve increased automation? Think driverless vehicles, drone deliveries and automated production lines. These cities would use data to ensure that the lives of citizens were pleasurable. Robots would be on the streets to check on the health and welfare of citizens. Technology has made the world of real estate development have a new focus; think about what we can already do now. You can now control your central heating and your lighting from your phone. Which has all led to higher efficiency and lower costs for residents? Cities are becoming more and more tech-reliant and it is up to you to decide whether this is a good thing.

If you want an example of a city of the future then look no further than Barcelona. Barcelona is renowned for its public transport; with 230 separate bus lines. It also has the largest bike-sharing scheme in Europe which helps lower inner-city congestion. Cities now base their construction on Barcelona as the city has some of the lowest congestion in the world. To highlight this achievement in the year of 1999 the highly acclaimed Royal Institute of British Architects took an unprecedented move by awarding its Royal Gold Medal for Architecture to the city of Barcelona instead of an actual individual. The city of Barcelona should act as a model for the rest of the world.

How Technology has Affected Construction

Well if I take this back to my original point the world has become extremely overpopulated. Well to combat this new technology has given architects the ability to now 3D print houses. These 3D printed homes can be built for as little as 4000 dollars and can be constructed in as little as 24 hours. That is an entirely new home built in a day. Which is obviously a lot less time than any current construction project. 3D printed homes will be able to meet the new demand for housing that the modern world will bring.

Another major development in construction technology will be the use of drones. These industrial drones will have the ability to conduct a site survey at both a faster and more accurate rate than any human crew could possibly do, also at far less of an expense. Drone technology will allow for sharp picture interactive 3D maps. The future of both construction and drones are going to be deeply entwined.

Finally, is the use of virtual reality headsets. Virtual reality technology is most often used to create a model of a home or construction product; and then with the headset, you will be able to walk around your potential home. This tech will be of benefit to both the team and the client. The construction team will now have a greater understanding of the task at hand, and the client will have the opportunity to fully take in and appreciate what the project will look like upon completion. This will also allow for construction companies to find any faults in their build before the project has begun, this will help prevent delays and expensive changes to the design mid-build.

Technology is an inevitability and its role in construction is going to be instrumental. As I mentioned in the introduction of this passage we now exist in a post-human world; our roles in the world have lessened and lessened. What this has brought along is a revolution in thought as we combat our greatest threats. Homes can now be built in a day for such small prices, and physical construction, in general, has become something of ease. The real estate industry has embraced smart tech and is all the better for it.

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