Virtual reality might be a transformative technology with untold potential across dozens of fields. But it’s also most definitely a great way to make young and old alike look dumb as hell.

What you’re looking at is the “virtual desk” phenomenon, when someone in a VR headset (in this case, an HTC Vive) gets carried away and tries to lean on an object that doesn’t exist in the real world. It’s about the same as the false step at the top of a staircase, only a full-body experience with no chance to catch the fall.



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