Swedish fiber broadband provider adds the frustrations of slow Internet to real life with the Oculus Rift.


In 2014, there are certain things we've come to expect from our broadband providers. And lag isn't one of them.

Ume.net, a Swedish fiber broadband provider, showed just how difficult living with lag could be by giving four volunteers a chance to experience it in real life. Using Oculus Rift, the volunteers were tasked with everyday chores from making breakfast to exercising and even enjoying a night out with friends.

Each Rift came equipped with built-in displays in front of each eye and Raspberry Pi set to delay input by 1/3rd of a second (and in some cases, up to three). Noise cancelling headphones helped to create a virtual reality that was completely delayed for the user; generating hilarious (and ridiculous) results, which beg the question: If you wouldn't accept lag offline, why deal with it online?

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