Facebook Oculus invents a new unit of time – Flick

Jan 24, 2018, 7:35 AM EST
(Source: Marco Verch/flickr)
(Source: Marco Verch/flickr)

The virtual reality division at Facebook has invented a new unit of time, named Flick, which is slightly larger than a nanosecond and exactly subdivides media frame rates, thus simplifying the measurement of the speed of digital audio and video.

Flick, a short for “Frame Tick,” is 1/705,600,000 of a second and offers a cleaner way of measuring the time for programmers, who no more need to toil with fractions or decimal numbers while working with media frames, notes Design Boom.

An Oxford University research hailed Christopher Horvath’s invention, adding that Flick may help virtual reality developers tackle latency, or delay, writes the BBC.

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