UmeNet Launched an Experiment That Lets Users Experience Internet Lag

By: Megan Facciuolo - Published: • References: umenet.se and 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.