It was an unlikely afternoon, and I was standing in a skinny office somewhere near the Flatiron Building in Manhattan with an Oculus Rift strapped to my head. But I wasn't really there. I was almost a hundred miles away in Yale's rare book library. I felt a little sick, and I loved it.
Among other exciting things, the Oculus Rift makes teleportation easier than ever. Well, okay, not actual teleportation. But it's the best virtual reality headset out there, and the experience of using it is inevitably uncanny. Naturally, everybody's trying to figure out what to do with this new type of display, a piece of technology that's exciting enough to attract $2 billion from Facebook's coffers but still at least a year away from the consumer market.