Monday, August 9, 2010

Giant Robot Arm Ferrari Test Simulator...!

When it comes to first person driving games nothing makes it more realistic than feeling the G-force pull you on your every move... The CyberMotion Simulator, built by Paolo Robuffo at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany is basically a giant robotic arm that lifts the driver up seven feet off the ground. Equipped with a drivers seat, car simulator computer and display, the motion of the robotic arm gives the user a real driving experience.
A wraparound screen puts the driver in the cockpit of a Ferrari F2007, operated by a force feedback steering wheel and pedals. But the rig isn't for training the racecar drivers of the future—Giordano says such systems allow us to better understand how we experience motion: A motion simulation system is a fundamental tool to understand how humans experience the sensation of motion...By running suitable experiments, one can gain better insights into the cognitive processes of the human brain.

Pretty sweet idea... this is very similar to the 'Sum of All Thrills' at Disney World. Not only is this ride also on a giant robotic arm, but you can design your own ride before you ride it.... not bad!

via gizmodo

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