One of our 100 Things to Watch for 2014, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Engadget named the device Best of Show, saying it “may usher in an era of truly immersive gaming and entertainment, and even create new opportunities for businesses to use virtual reality in everything from manufacturing to medical environments.” Ford, for instance, is using it to design prototype cars.
The recent “Gender Swap” experiment from the interdisciplinary art collective BeAnotherLab—in which a man and woman wearing Oculus headsets view their bodies from the other’s perspective—points to the potential for highly innovative experiences. No date is set as yet for the device’s commercial release. —Aaron Baar