When Tim Bajarin needs to get away from it all, he heads for the bottom of the ocean. Twenty metres below the surface, the California-based IT consultant likes to sit for half an hour and just watch the fish swim by. "This is my personal aquarium," he said. A veteran of more than 120 dives on trips to Hawaii and the Caribbean over the past 30 years, Bajarin has been forced to set aside his scuba kit for the foreseeable future. California is on statewide lockdown after the governor ordered residents to "shelter in place" until the coronavirus threat passes. So Bajarin has been swapping his dive mask for an Oculus Quest virtual-reality headset, using 360-degree videos in an app developed by National Geographic to return to the deep. "I'm sitting in my easy chair and it's as if I'm swimming right next to a manta ray – just like I've done many times, except I'm not getting wet," he says. ESCAPE INTO A VIRTUAL WORLD If ever there was a moment that millions of people needed a virtual world to escape into, it is now. "People have talked about (VR) for a while," said Eric Shepard, vice-president of Lonely… Read full this story
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