The world is under lockdown, but being in physical isolation doesn’t have to mean boredom and withdrawal from the world. Our collection of gadgets, apps, and services should help even the most fidgety travel nut make the most of the living- room couch. By Vaibhav Sharma
1. Virtual Reality
HTC Vive Cosmos
Stay safe, stay at home, and explore the universe in VR with the HTC Vive. You’ll need
a beefy gaming PC or laptop to power this up, but it’s the best way to explore the universe in your pyjamas. You’ll also love the easy setup, high-res visuals, and included app store membership. INR 89,990
VR Apps For Your HTC Vive
Got yourself an HTC Vive headset? These apps will satiate those travel pangs!
Google Earth VR
A VR headset with Google’s unmatched collection of satellite and street-level imagery is the closest you can come to an overseas vacation right now. Swoop down on the Grand Canyon, get a close look at Florence, and stop by Rio to catch the sunset.
Discovery Shark Week Apex
2. T.V Streaming
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Smart TVs are nice, but they usually fail you on the software front within a few months. That’s where the Fire TV Stick comes in. Support for a wide range of streaming services means you’ll have access to nearly anything you’d want to watch. It gets frequent updates, lets you install media server playback apps such as Plex, and you can even play games on it. INR 5,999
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G
This ultra-slim gaming laptop has the power to match the full-size gaming PC, thanks to its Ryzen 7 processor and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. You also get a 120Hz display, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage. Weighing just 2.1kg, it’s surprisingly light considering all the firepower Asus has packed inside. INR 79,990
For The Family
No time like now for some family bonding! Make the most of it with activities you can do together.
Gather the family for a board game adventure that’ll take you across the world as you seek ancient artefacts. Challenge, bluff, and defeat your opponents as your team of archaeologists inches closer to victory. It’s quick, easy to learn, and perfect for when your eyes are worn out from too much Netflix. INR 2,499
This browser ‘game’ seems rather simple, but it’s actually a lot of fun. You have to look at a Google Street View image and guess where it’s from by placing a marker on
a map. The closer you are, the more points you get. Free and paid (INR 149/ month) versions available.