Interactive Media Systems, TU Vienna

The Virtualizer - A New Locomotion Device

Lab project in the area of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Keywords: Locomotion Device, Virtualizer, Cyberith.

About this Project

The Virtualizer is a locomotion device with integrated sensors for motion detection. With this device you can move, run, jump, crouch, strafe in your favourite games. This is the next step to virtual reality. Virtual Sports, Virtual Sight-seeing, Virtual meetings, Virtual Social Networks, Virtual Gaming, Virtual Education and Training,.... there are no limits.

The Virtualizer enables walking as well as running forwards, backwards and sidewards. This can be done in all directions, because there is no preferred direction at all. Furthermore the device enables you to turn around, to jump and to crouch. In combination with a usual controller of a game console (like Wiimote or Razor-Hydra) and an adequate device for video output (like the Oculus-Rift, which allows 3D output and headtracking) the Virtualizer makes you feel the game in a much more realistic way. Instead of controlling the character on a monitor by keyboard and mouse, you feel like you were in the game because of the natural motion of your body.

The Virtualizer enables the locomotion by the principle of low friction. Because of the choice of convenient materials, friction is in a magnitude that allows the effortless gliding back of your feet without being too slippery.

The advantage of this principle is the easy and in relation to existing systems, which use complex systems of conveyor bands or very large hallow spheres, cheap production of the devices. This allows us to offer a well working virtual reality device for a price, which is affordable for as much computer users as possible. We don’t only want the Virtualizer to be seen in Institutes for Informatics, but in the living rooms of this world.

Second Prototype

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