Watch This Giant Polyhedron Robotic Motion Simulator Swoop Through the Air

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 Philipp Miermeister via  Fraunhofer IPA  

It took two years to construct, and it might not fit in your local arcade, but this giant polyhedron robot is paving the way for better virtual reality motion simulators.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, used lightweight carbon fiber tubes to build the frame and eight cables to control it.

The contraption can accelerate 1.5 times that of gravity. It’s a proof-of-concept device meant for virtual reality driving and flight simulations, and German neuroscientists also want to use it to study human motion perception.

Here’s what it can do:

Eight steel cables (each is tensioned at 1.4 tons) move it in six directions at the control of its pilot.

The pilot uses a virtual reality system for flying and driving simulators: