Oh my, check out this DIY robot arm ferrari simulator that uses a gigantic robot arm to let you simulate reals Gs while playing a racing game. I certainly hope that this is the future of gaming and if it is, I am getting one of these for sheezy.
Watch the video below, you will be amazed and get ready to experience the future of simulators.
The robot arm is a Robocoaster, a modified six-axis Kuka KR 500 that can lift up to 500 kg. It’s usually found in amusement parks and normally does not allow users any control. Robuffo Giordano and his collaborators want to use it to study how we perceive motion; their paper, though, deals with the mechanics of the simulator.
“A motion simulation system is a fundamental tool to understand how humans experience the sensation of motion,” he says. “By running suitable experiments, one can gain better insights into the cognitive processes of the human brain.”
Most motion simulators usually use six-axis actuated hexapods or Stewart platforms to recreate motion; the CAE 5000 is a typical flight simulator that moves on six cylindrical jacks. But lab director Heinrich Bulthoff wanted to use a robotic manipulator arm to study multi-sensory motion perception, and F1 racing seemed like a challenging way to test the notion.
“The main challenges were related to the adaption or extension of existing motion control algorithms,” says Robuffo Giordano, who worked on the F1 arm as a control and robotics engineer. “Our system offers a much larger motion envelope [than Stewart platforms], allowing subjects to be freely displaced in six degrees of freedom in space and even be placed upside-down.”