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CableRobot Motion Simulator: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Treadmills

by Lambert Varias
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In the future, your home theater might need to be outside of your actual home. A collaboration between research group Fraunhofer and the Max Planck Institute’s Biological Cybernetics group has led to the creation of a cable robot perfectly suited to vehicle simulations.

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The robot is made of up to eight steel cables, winches, a racing seat and a custom made 176 lb. carbon fiber frame. The winches are powered by motors with a total of 348 kW output. As a result, it can make the passenger experience up to 1.5g.

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The cables can both move the cage in place or zip it to practically any point in the room it’s in. It looks fun to ride on its own, but as you can imagine the robot shines when combined with a virtual reality headset. Its creators also think it might be useful in studying our perception of balance and movement.

I’m pretty sure it can cure constipation as well. Head to Fraunhofer’s or the Max Planck Institute’s websites for more on the robot.

[via Motherboard]

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