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Showroom Joyrider VR setup (WIP) with Star Wars POC

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Projects' started by XennialAdrift, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. XennialAdrift

    XennialAdrift New Member

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    My Motion Simulator:
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    Hi all, very new to all of this, so I'm not sure whether this will be of any interest to anyone seeing as there are some spectacular projects here.

    I was unsure whether to post this in the DIY or VR section, but the Joyrider is the star of the show, so I'll settle here (mods - please move this if it's in the wrong section.)

    Anyway, here are some shots of my take on the classic Joyrider, which I've dubbed "Winona".

    20181010_182802.jpg

    You'll see that she's made from U-PVC for extra strength, and has dual-plate castors (dual-race) rather than the modified castors in the instructions.

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    The seat is very low-tech, as you can see, but its comfortable and does the job (many thanks to my wife for quickly whipping up some foam seat/back pads.) It's still a work-in-progress, so the headrest will be added at a later date.

    I modified an old, but very comfortable 90's joystick and rewired the internals so that button presses are registered via USB.

    20181010_182919.jpg

    I mounted a Vive controller to the frame for motion-tracking
    20181010_182850.jpg

    Which leads me to the proof of concept I've been working on. But first a little background; I was born in the early 80's, and was, of course, a huge Star Wars fan - Especially the Atari arcade cab. Over the years I have come to accept that I'll likely never own one, so I decided to do the next best thing (in my eyes,) which was to make my own update using modern high(ish) end VR equipment.

    It's very much a proof-of-concept at the moment and obviously I'd never think of releasing it at the risk of angering the vast team of lawyers working for the House of Mouse. The following video is awful quality (as I can't seem to find the original HD version,) and a bit out of date in terms of functionality. But the battery is flat for my TPCast, so an updated clip will have to wait I'm afraid:



    I was very hesitant to demo this seeing as it's not even what us devs would term "pre-Alpha". But I've a lot of work at the moment and it could be well into next year before I get to work on it further, but I've worked hard on it and someone may get some inspiration to do something better.

    Cheers.
    XA

    Equipment used:

    Joyrider (custom heavy duty "Winona" variant)
    Ryzen 1700
    GTX1080 ti
    HTC Vive
    Hardlight suit
    TPCast wireless VR adaptor
    USB-joystick pcb
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  2. XennialAdrift

    XennialAdrift New Member

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    My Motion Simulator:
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    Higher quality version of the (now removed) pre-Alpha video clip;

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