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Living With Lag: An Oculus Rift Experiment

You wouldn’t accept lag offline, so why do it online?


Swedish energy provider Umeå Energi that offers up to 1000 Mbit/s, performed an experiment. Four volunteers got to experience internet’s biggest disturbance in real life – lag.

They took Oculus Rift, the new virtual reality headset to show how lag effects reality. The point is to mount a camera on the front of an Oculus Rift and then it feeds video onto the headset’s screen, with the video staying between 0.3 seconds and an entire three seconds behind. The user’s perception of reality is so skewed showing how much a tiny lag effects real time.