Date
14 November 2018
Facebook invents the 'flick' time unit. Chris Horvath, a former architect with Facebook's Story Studio, wrote that he is excited to see his co-creation become 'a thing in the world'. Pics: Reuters/Chris Horvath Facebook page
Facebook invents the 'flick' time unit. Chris Horvath, a former architect with Facebook's Story Studio, wrote that he is excited to see his co-creation become 'a thing in the world'. Pics: Reuters/Chris Horvath Facebook page

Facebook unveils ‘flick’, a new unit of time

Facebook has launched a new unit of time called “flick”.

The virtual reality division of the social media giant created the unit, which is equivalent to precisely one 705,600,000th of a second, CNBC reports.

It will be used to measure the speed of digital audio and video.

Facebook released documentation for the creation and use of the “flick” in open source.

According to Facebook Open Source, the tech giant created the unit, aiming it to be “slightly larger than a nanosecond that exactly subdivides media frame rates and sampling frequencies”.

In terms of the duration, the “flick” is larger than a nanosecond (one billionth of a second) but smaller than a microsecond (one millionth of a second).

Christopher Horvath, a former architect with Facebook’s Story Studio virtual reality short films studio, is one of the creators of the “flick”.

Horvath, who left Facebook in May 2017, is excited to see that his creation has become “a thing in the world”, according to information posted on his Facebook account.

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