Thursday 17 April 2008

Scientists Develop CyberWalk or Omni-Directional Treadmill

Ten years ago Jamirouqal stunned us with an illusion of a moving floor in this music video.

German researchers have recently developed a real omni-directional treadmill which allows people to have the sensation of walking while staying in the same place.

Watch the video of the real Cyberspace Interface in action.

To make virtual walking a reality, the CyberWalk researchers had to address five key issues: providing a surface to walk on, controlling the surface in a way that minimised forces on the user, developing a non-intrusive tracking system, displaying a high-quality visualisation, and ensuring a natural human perception of the virtual environment.

And while your wandering around on the treadmill your probably wearing one of these headsets.

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