It’s Saturday evening in London, and I’m house shopping in Dublin, thanks to a virtual-reality headset.
Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife: “I’m in the children’s bedroom.”
We can’t go to the Republic of Ireland ourselves to do this. Travellers from Great Britain need to restrict their movements for a fortnight, so nipping over and back is off the cards.
But I can take several paces through a virtual seaside flat in Dublin’s Dún Laoghaire, while based in our south London home.
Circles appear on the floor of the Dublin flat and, using hand controls, I can glide between them and explore.
Standing in each circle, I can peer up, down, whichever way I like. It is immersive and I feel as though I’m there, even if moving about feels a bit like using Google Street View.
Welcome to house shopping in the age