This Oculus Rift experiment lets users experience the pain of lag in real life

One of gaming's most frustrating issues comes to life thanks to virtual reality technology.

A new Oculus Rift virtual reality experiment has its subjects experiencing one of gaming's most frustrating technical issues--"lag"--in a real-world scenario.

Released by broadband service provider ume.net as a means to promote its own product, the "Living With Lag" video shows people trying to play table tennis, cook food, participate in a dance class, and go bowling while an modified Oculus Rift headset simulates a delay in what they are seeing/experiencing. Just like in gaming, lag in real life quickly becomes problematic.

The Oculus Rift--which is still in a non-final, development state--has already produced some imaginative simulations of what would otherwise be impossible or too dangerous. In the past year, developers have created a guillotine simulator, while another group used the Oculus Rift as a means to allow people to virtually swap bodies. And most recently, a grandmother diagnosed with cancer used Oculus Rift to virtually walk outside just months before she passed away.

In a surprise move last month, Facebook purchased Oculus VR--maker of the Oculus Rift--for $2 billion. Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey acknowledged that deal certainly came out of left field, but has since explained why it makes sense for the future of virtual reality.

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Discussion

57 comments
xcollector
xcollector

Shit 1000Mbits. Canada is so f**king behind thanks to the CRTC and the monopolies. If the f**kers ever gave Canadians those speeds it would come with a cap of 125MBs and be done in a second.

emoticedmar
emoticedmar

I'd be pissed if I tried this lol cusing words and such lol, still an awesome experiment though

phb
phb

Im pretty sure the guys at Oculus VR are giving the people behind this the finger right now for letting people think that OR is this bad in terms of lag. Of course the PR people behind it knew that putting Oculus Rift in the title would result in more views.

nbf4548
nbf4548

They must have edited out the copious amounts of vomiting, haha.  

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

I just hope that people realise that it was artificial lag. I can see a lot of people thinking that the Rift will be terrible because of lag. People are not smart.

bekyuubi
bekyuubi

When I look at this I can imagine blind people using this technology and regaining their sight again. (Implant technology on their eye sockets.)


This is a first step of a great application of 3D and not just for games.

mordeaniis
mordeaniis

I think by far the most interesting part of this was the system used with the oculus. Also, they really should have chosen a slightly better webcam that had better onboard processing capabilities, that one was pretty choppy with the pi.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Oh man! that was hilarious! Hopefully none of them got hurt.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

if i was to wear one of thoes devices for more then 5 second i guarantee someone, anyone, anything! would get punched in the face from my pure anger. 

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Hah, this is great,  neat little experiment.

Ghostdog201
Ghostdog201

 How do we know that's it's the lag, and not that she's just a really, really bad dancer?

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

If only the hardware for better servers would take a price cut for the betterment of humanity.

bfa1509
bfa1509

They could try and counteract the lag using algorithms. Or they could even use algorithms to predict the trajectory of projectiles and fine tune it so that even a regular person could have the same reflexes as an olympic table tennis champion. It's all a ahead of us: technologically aided super humans!

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

looks like the kinect experience

Hurvl
Hurvl

Just like the Kinect was used for many other things than gaming (and those being more interesting than any Kinect game), so is the Oculus Rift, but I don't know if history will repeat itself here. Will the Oculus Rift only be used/useful for experiments and novel applications? I hope not and I don't think so either, for completely unbiased reasons.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

The signal must be being sent to psn, no wondering its lagging silly people. 

endorbr
endorbr

I certainly don't need lag to be more immersive.  It's plenty real the way it is now.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

Ha, that was great. Really funny and cool to see the way the oculus can be used.

VooDooPC
VooDooPC

I like the idea that the team at Oculus has spent years and millions of dollars trying to eliminate every millisecond of lag and this company says, "Lets add 3 seconds of lag!"

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

I experience lag when having relations with my wife...she always finishes before me.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Plot Twist: It wasn't designed to lag on purpose.

RossRichard
RossRichard

You don't need Rift to experience lag. You just need XBox Live or PSN.

undeadgoon
undeadgoon

the rift just needs to be released already... cant wait..

Razor10000
Razor10000

i think 1000mbps would still not be enough for battlefield 4, you would still die behind a wall.

poksmote
poksmote

this has nothing to do with lag and everything to do with depth perception lag doesnt make you miss your plate or squirt ketchup all over your hand

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

1000mbps… I wonder how much that would cost here in Brazil...

Johny_47
Johny_47

"You call this a glitch?!" =P

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

The first ping-pong thing was hilarious.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

@xcollector  125MB/s IS 1000Mbps.  You gotta watch your casing. Mb = Megabit (1/8th of a megabyte). MB = Megabyte (8 megabits)

slaughterdj
slaughterdj

@phb I'm not saying there is no lag, but the guy in the vid was intentionally setting a delay on the rift to set how much lag they are getting.

nitrozor
nitrozor

@bekyuubi  IoI, you know, the eye is a compIex structure that turns upside down images formed on the retina into nerve signaI that traveIs aII the way to the occipitaI Iobe in the brain where it is anaIyzed. so a bIind person can either have an eye, optic nerve or brain probIem, the three of which can't be repIaced by ocuIus. 


so no, an eye socket impIant won't work. your comment is funny though 

chrisall76
chrisall76

@bfa1509  The lag isn't from the rift itself (the Rift is pretty low latency), the guy set the lag using a program on purpose.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@dribblesbarbax I take a piss sitting down, because I'm so damn alternative :P. Either way, you don't need to see the piss, because can you feel it.

kalipekona
kalipekona

It just goes to show how important low latency is to VR gaming. It's also for this reason that VR will be best on PC.

pip3dream
pip3dream

@undeadgoon  i agree... i couldn't wait either, so i just went ahead and bought the DK2.

TUnified
TUnified

@poksmote  I tend to agree that there's more than just lag at play here.  I don't see any 3D representations or anything, just a simple webcam hooked up to the OR.  Might as well be a gopro on a helmet.  Just try using your phone as a video monitor to do daily activities, feels like you are almost behind yourself and perception is waaay off.  It's fun to see how lag can affect your daily life, but also removing depth perception and peripheral vision skews the results even further.

swiftshadow666
swiftshadow666

@poksmote I think it would still cause problems because even though you have moved your hand with the ketchup over the hot dog, there are a few seconds before you see that your hand is actually over the correct spot. From your vision, the ketchup could still be sitting on the counter even though you know your actually holding it. Your eyes are telling you something different than your other senses such as touch are. Doing that properly would be just a matter of waiting for the vision to catch up to the movement by holding still but I think they were doing everything based on sense rather than sight, though this may still be an exaggeration what would actually happen.

MrMilkmann
MrMilkmann

@allyouneedisluv Funny, I don't have any problems with PSN and lag, except for the occasions when my internet craps out.

bekyuubi
bekyuubi

@nitrozor @bekyuubi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNkw28fz9u0

I have heard of Brainport Vision Device a few years back, and to me, Oculus is something that people can be interested in. As long as people are interested in this, funding for such technology can further advance 3D reality.

The very first computer probably started around the early 1900s, less than100 years later we have 3D and the foundations of a new technology to allow someone to see again, another 100 years later who knows whether science can advance fast enough to create a hardware to allow someone to see again with perfect vision.

I don't see how my comment can be funny when something like this is feasible generations later. Science is a marvel, and I'm excited to know how amazing and great the future can be.