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Ball on wheels virtualization - a cheaper alternative with a wider range of motion.
Most virtualization devices that also include g-forces by
movement have either a limited range of motion (no
doughnuts) or are prohibitively expensive (large robotic
arms). This idea is for a sphere-shaped device in which a
user would enter, it would close completely, and would
into a harness, or pit, that has actuated wheels
turn on a dime, rotating the sphere in any direction. It
could do doughnuts all it wants, and would not need any
expensive robotic arms or pistons. Inside of the sphere
would be a cocpit type of setup, which will allow the
sphere to maintain a proper center of gravity. A
would create an image on a large area on the inside of
sphere, eminating from just above the user's head,
out of the way. This idea has many applications, but
mostly in military training, and then within carnivals as a
A suitable G-suit for Sphere Virtualization [ixnaum, Sep 22 2010]
[xaviergisz, Sep 23 2010]
I remember it being a bit different to the one in the link, but close enough. [neutrinos_shadow, Sep 23 2010]
[ixnaum, Sep 26 2010]
||Something like a giant trackball? Could work...
||Military training? For what? Zorb attacks?
||Yes like a giant trackball! With you inside of it, and
a project screen inside of it. I feel like a horrible
explainer of things.
||//I feel like a horrible explainer of things.//
||Your feelings may be perfectly justified. Perhaps you could ask other people if they feel the same way about your explanatory skills?
||They might well be justified, but a good share of the
ideas posted here get explained, refined, and
improved by the annotations...at least for me, they
do. I can barely get through some of the ideas
themselves. But, that's just me...
||This is absolutely brilliant! Can't believe this isn't
baked already. It's by far the most flexible, realistic
and easiest virtual reality environment. I'd love to do
a loop in a flight sim in one of these. The sensation
would be absolutely authentic besides the G-force.
... if I could give
it 10 croissants I would. ... I want it now :'-( .. not
||Thinking about it more, even g-force could be
simulated somewhat. Let's say you are pulling up
from a steep dive. Normally in this contraption
you would not feel many Gs at all - compared to 4G
or more normally. But since you are strapped in,
you could wear additional "G straps". These straps
could get tighter for +Gs and loose for -Gs. It
would not be precise, but close enough. Another
way to simulate it is to wear a "G simulation suit".
It would just be a suit with mercury pockets (some
liquid heavier than plain water). For
positive Gs the water pockets would fill with
the liquid increasing your weight by a factor of up
3x. How about negative Gs? Well, let's say the
pockets have capacity of 100 kg. Just start
at 25 kg full which will be your 1G. Then there is
something something to empty when you hit 0, -1
or -2 Gs. Again not, the exact sensation, but
||//This is absolutely brilliant!//
||Well, there you go, [twitch]. 1 for 15.
||I have more thoughts on those G suits suitable to
make this rock ... but instead of posting here I split
off into my own idea ... see link
||This is the only idea out of the 15 that I pulled out
of my list of Other ideas, not originally meant for
||... so bring out the other ones ... this was a great
||There's the VirtuSphere ([xaviergisz]'s link) and the CyberSphere (my link) that are for walking, not 'riding' in. In the VirtuSphere, you wear a VR headset (ugh..) with the sphere providing the physical bit; whereas the CyberSphere has the images projected onto the outside (translucent sphere) which I reckon is better. With the thinner/lighter/better progression of display technology (e-paper and flexible-polymer-type in particular), the display could be built into the sphere itself, along with processors, sensors, etc.
I'm sure we've discussed sphere I/O stuff around here before, but I can't find it (not that I looked very hard...).
||ya, I know about this virtusphere and cybersphere ..
good idea for walking. But sphere virtualization can't
be beat to simulating anything that you sit in ...
||hamster wheel for soldiers? bun!
||Actually, a hamster wheel for soldiers doesn't sound
like a bad implementation...
||Darned clever. So you'd link the projection of a virtual 3d world to attitude, location and speed information from the vehicle and match it I assume? So if the thing went down a ramp, the projection would be of you diving off a cliff or something? Or if you accelerated the scene would show must faster acceleration to enhance the effect. So you'd floor the pedal on your little go cart and it would show something like the jump to light speed in Star Wars around you. I assume you'd have it rolling around going up and down in the real world in a little obstacle course and having the projection intensify the sensation like in a flight simulator.
||Not 100% sure that's what you're talking about but if it is it's brilliant.
||OKAY, from now on, I'm including concept pictures
for my ideas!
||Obviously, I am not known for my explanatory skills
(or lack thereof).
||I'm a big fan so I'm contributing my illustration of
what it might look like ... my drawing skills are lacking
.. but hey, that's what you get for free. Normally I
would not volunteer as I've been told my illustrations
hurt my ides, but in this case I can't see that I could
do any more damage.
||Liked what I thought it was a lot better. So it's a
virtual world or flight simulator that turns 360
degrees in any direction? Yea, the rollers are a
pretty good way to get that done. Clever enough.
I'll leave the bun.
||Still like the virtual world encased go cart ride
better. Wonder if that counts as an original idea.
Guess it is since it wasn't ever thought of before.
||//virtual world encased go cart ride better//
||Same thing ... plane,boat, car, go cart ...anything
that you strap your self into will work... just
the cockpit and you are set. Also, why not make
the sphere semi-transparent and that way you can
the scenery 360degrees around from the outside
instead of on a
screen in front ... this idea is just getting better
||Don't take away buns from this because of my
illustration .. it's meant to bring more buns ... sorry
||No bun retention from me ix. Your drawing was a good thing.