Valve’s virtual reality demo at GDC was nothing short of magical—it used fancy emitter technology to let us actually walk around a demo room. It felt so real. Valve calls the tech Lighthouse, and it’s kind of genius.
There is no music in this short. No narration. Just the sounds of the daily routine of one of the last lighthouse keepers in the world: Leonardo Da Costa. He maintains the lighthouse at Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, a dangerous coast full of sunken ships. If you experience ASMR, you are going to love this.
You won't believe what these keepers have to do to get in and out this lighthouse in the middle of the sea. It is absolutely terrifying. Really, it defies belief. If you thought that your daily subway commute was hell, watch this video and be grateful.
For most of us, lighthouses are synonymous with trips to the shore. But for seafarers, lighthouses have represented a vital symbol of safe passage for centuries. In fact, they go back to 280 BC, when the famed Lighthouse of Alexandria was built—though lighthouses of the ancient world looked more like battlements than…
Once upon a time, back when people in Russia used big moustaches and sent other people to Siberia, there were no GPS or tacky cellphones. But they had atomic lighthouses to light the Artic shores.