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My virtual sky dive

Discussion in 'Off Topic - All other stuff here' started by MarkusB, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. MarkusB

    MarkusB Active Member Gold Contributor

    Jun 30, 2015
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    My Motion Simulator:
    2DOF, 3DOF, DC motor, Arduino, Motion platform
    Today I took the chance to do a virtual sky dive.
    The entire hardware and software has been developed by the Technical University of Vienna some years ago, but I just leaned about it yesterday when I found their rig on a fair in Vienna.

    They have built a really amazing setup, which you can see in the videos below and which may become an inspiration for the DIY people among us.

    They offered six VR scenarios, and it was hard for me to choose one:
    • Sky dive from a plane above Vienna; while you fall you get illustrated information about the 200 year history of Vienna University
    • Underwater diving
    • Race through a canyon
    • Race through Vienna downtown
    • Space flight
    • one more that I forgot

    At first you are strapped to a cushioned torso harness and belts around arms and legs. All these parts are connected to ropes that go via a rather complex set of pulleys to motors that control your flight position.

    Each scenario starts with you standing on a platform, an open plane door, or something similar, and then jumping into the abyss. I liked this part most, since it was quite thrilling.

    As soon as you are (virtually) falling, propellers from below start providing an air stream, which is sometimes enhanced with a bit of water fog, e. g. when you are touching a water surface.

    I chose the race through a canyon, during which I had to fly through a set of rings that are positioned inside a canyon landscape. Changing the flight direction (up, down, left, right) was possible by looking into the desired direction. I really had fun during the 3 minute long ride. The used headset was the HTC Vive.

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  2. Ads Master

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  3. Curtis

    Curtis New Member

    Apr 20, 2019
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    My Motion Simulator:
    If there is a big fan blowing all the time, I guess it will feel better:grin
  4. ghidossi

    ghidossi Member

    Apr 14, 2019
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    My Motion Simulator:
    3DOF, Arduino
    yes but if you fall in the fan ... there is a problem ahahaha