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Eight360 NOVA

Discussion in 'Commercial Simulators and Peripherie' started by dododge, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. dododge

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    Ran across this one the other day and don't think I've seen it mentioned here. They encase the player and controls, along with a VR headset and battery-powered computer, in a completely untethered ball. It sits on a base of omni wheels and can be rolled around arbitrarily.



    At a glance it looks like there's only one panel that opens outward as a hatch, so I'm not sure what you do if the power cuts off while it's facing the base, except maybe "don't use this without a spotter".



    According to an article they have a custom motion cancellation system for VR. The headset in their videos appears to be a Rift but it's got some sort of shroud over the front with little protrusions that might indicate a complete replacement for its normal optical tracking system. For example I don't see an obvious Rift tracking camera inside the ball, and presumably using lighthouses inside a rolling enclosure is a complete non-starter.

    Due to the cost their expected market is industrial/defense simulators. In the article it's suggested that they expect to have a leasing model "on the order of US$150k a year". Presumably the final package would include an upgrade from the current approach of using a 10+ year-old Logitech wheel mounted on a board ;)
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    Yeah YAW VR is another one where you sit in a bowl that rolls around. Managing to bundle it all into a wireless ball is quite a feat.

    I assume they run the game on the internal computer and send telemetry or control data to an external computer to direct the motors. In theory you could run the simulation on an outside computer and use the internal one to just forward video and tracking/controller data, but with VR I'd be worried about latency.