vr theory

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rouncer 103 Oct 27, 2011 at 18:58

So, I was thinking about vr… if any of what im saying has been done before, please tell me, im really interested to know!

If anyone has seen the lawnmower man (the first movie, the second one was a complete waste of time.) remember those rings where the dude is in the middle of it and he spins around in it?

I was thinking about that, and thats a pretty cool way to do it, cause youd feel the orientation of the ring… doesnt take that much space up, has a lot going for it.

What its lacking though is true collision detection with feet on the ground, holding the gun with the trigger on your finger… I imagine maybe you could do this with a powered suit/skeleton you wear, and if you collide with a virtual object, the skeleton will power against any movement to try and penetrate the object. It should actually slide against it also, maybe some inverse kinematics maths could handle that algorythm.

say you got that perfect, and you could walk up stairs, hold a virtual gun, pick it up, run and jump over cliffs, even maybe take some force feedback from virtual hits off opponents…. it would be totally awesome, you could train anti terrorist units with it, just by playing cod in a more realistic immersive way.

how much $$$ you reckon this would take to put together? :) And has it been attempted before, im interested to know.
What do you think?

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TheNut 179 Oct 28, 2011 at 01:24

About $650. $400 for a cool milsim paintball marker. $200 on clothing and accessories. And $50 for an all day pounding.

As for the Tron-esque VR, I think we’re a long way from that. Most of what I’ve seen and experienced include panoramic screen helmets, impact pads on specially made vests and belts (which are cumbersome), and rumble packs in accessories. Paintball is cheaper and fun.

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rouncer 103 Oct 28, 2011 at 12:27

I swear if you invented it, people would want to invest in it, how much fun would it be! :)