German researchers develop motion simulator that exerts nauseating G-forces
Experiencing virtual reality with all your senses tamed in one or the other way promises an experience that you take for as real events. To make your virtual reality experience with any kind of applications touch all your senses, mentally as well as physically yet another dimension plays a very important role. That being the physical movement and G-forces applied to your body which stimulates motion and makes the whole experience even more convincing. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen have developed a motion simulator that can employ G-forces measuring 1.5 G on the person riding it.
Professor Heinrich Bülthoff and his research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics first demonstrated the CableRobot Simulator at a conference in Tübingen, Germany last week. The simulator is a hexagonal carbon fiber cage that moves in a large space and the rider is seated in the middle of it. The hydraulics move the whole rig in the intended direction with rotating, tilting or moving motion.
To complete the whole experience, the user wears a wireless VR headset having optical tracking system that coincides the movement of the motion simulator with the ongoing action on screen. You can imagine the kind of exhilarating experience the user will have while using it with applications like racing sims, flight sims or rollercoaster rides experienced in virtual reality.
CableRobot Simulator is still in its prototype stage and it is a long way from mass production. Although we cannot count out the possibility of this motion simulator getting popular with applications like learning to drive a huge battleship or maybe testing the thrill level of a roller-coaster.