Alejandro “AJ” Fragoso, 26, and Alex Christison, 37, have recently set a Guinness World Record for the longest VR-viewing marathon. The two New Yorkers have watched a bunch of movies and 360-degree videos for 50 hours straight.
The event was organized and sponsored by CyberLink and took place in an apartment in New York City’s West Village. The video content was watched with the help of Oculus Rift headsets, which were connected to VR-capable laptops.
Alejandro Fragoso, who broke the Guinness World Record for the longest TV-watching marathon last year with 94 hours said, “the VR headset added a new twist to the previous challenge” and that he felt isolated from the real world.
It is worth pointing out that the two men were allowed to take a break every now and then. They both got 5 minutes off every hour, so they were able to eat and drink something and even take a quick shower to stay fresh.
While they were watching video content, two individuals had to monitor the participants at all times to make sure they didn’t fall asleep. Before their attempt to break the record began, both Alejandro and Alex were examined by a doctor to make sure they are fit and ready to go. The doctor then performed another exam after the record was broken just to check in what condition the two men were.
Both participants felt good after the event had finished but did experience a few minor problems such as an elevated heart rate, among other things. They were also quite tired, as they haven’t slept in more than 50 hours.