UmeNet Launched an Experiment That Lets Users Experience Internet Lag

By: Megan Facciuolo - Published: May 7, 2014 • References: & designtaxi
Internet lag can be one of the most frustrating parts of online-surfing—especially when watching your favorite shows. Who wants to watch a spinning color wheel interrupt their screens every two seconds or view a slow-motion, distorted video clip? Nobody.

Swedish network provider UmeNet came up with a clever experiment that sheds light on those issues. The network’s employees gave a wearable device called Oculus Rift to four volunteers. The device let them experience Internet lag in real life.

Titled ‘Living With Lag,’ the experiment features Oculus Rift feeding them a three-second lag display. They were then put in much needed real-time scenarios like dance class and cooking. Of course, they were unable to perform properly because of the lag. The results are rather frustrating to watch. Stats for Hyperreal Lag Simulators Trending: Older & Chilly
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