The most immersive virtual reality experience is still going to feel fake with your body plopped motionless in a chair. Adding motion into the mix, through the use of a simulator, greatly increases the realism of the experience—particularly if it can fly around a room like this amazing cable-controlled contraption.
Prepare For Impact started life as an unsettling Oculus Rift virtual reality demo that simulated what it was like to be inside a plane during an emergency landing in water. But its creators have since expanded the project into a free app that simulates countless ways your next flight could go wrong.
A lot of products, including toothbrushes, rely on the physical testing of prototype after prototype to help perfect a design. But it’s an expensive and time consuming process, so researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a virtual brushing simulator that promises to revolutionize how toothbrushes are…
I’ve always wondered exactly who is buying Train Simulator 2015, because driving around virtual heavy machinery without causing accidents isn’t really my idea of a good afternoon. But if that software is running in a fully immersive high-tech simulator, I start to understand the appeal.
Christmas is coming, so I suggest you start saving now to get this racing simulator. Oh, what’s that, you don’t normally put hydraulic racing simulation rigs right in the middle of your own home? You need some sort of space that your children can live in? Well, that’s just unambitious.
An accident can happen in a split second when you’re driving, but studies have shown that half the time the human body is still able to quickly take defensive action before the impact. So Toyota has upgraded its crash test simulation software with improved virtual muscles to take this into account.
So how realistic do you like your simulators? Some racing fans are willing to spend thousands of dollars on displays, controls, and seats that move and shake to enhance their virtual driving experience. But a company called CXC Simulations is taking things to a whole new level with a new force feedback steering wheel…
If you ask someone what their favorite toy was growing up they'll probably say something like Lego. But deep down, it was really the illegal fireworks their friend's cousin's uncle got from his neighbor. Nothing can quite match the thrill of something going boom, and now amateur pyrotechnics enthusiasts can safely…
Deep in the belly of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, lie "The Domes." Step into one of them and suddenly you're standing on the surface of Mars, or you're flying high above the Earth, looking out from the International Space Station. This is the Systems Engineering Simulator, where we learned to fly,…
If you had any hope you'd actually be productive this Tuesday, you'll want to avoid George Corney's magical browser-based particle fluid simulator at all costs. If you thought hard drugs or Nutella was addictive, just one click in the middle of this simulator's sea of particles and bam!—your workday is over.
Remember that fridge box you turned into a rocket ship as a kid, complete with crayon-drawn control panels and a fancy sparkle glue paint job? Yeah, that was an embarrassment to our nation compared to this NASA simulator that Jeff Highsmith designed and built for his sons.
Forget coffee. If you're still in dire need of a little morning boost, we guarantee that nothing will be quite as effective as the adrenaline rush you'll get from swimming for your life in this online drowning simulator. This is not for the faint of heart.
The arcades that dominated the 1980s and 1990s slowly died off as home video game consoles became more and more capable, but there are apparently still some good reasons to keep a pocket full of quarters handy. Namely this arcade simulator for a game called War Thunder that puts Afterburner to shame.
The Oculus Rift hasn't even made it out of beta testing and it's already changing the world for the better—at least for one dedicated developer. He's integrated one into an incredible, full-scale Tron: Legacy light cycle replica. Strap on a headset and hop aboard, we're going racing.
Performing a midair fuel transfer between aircraft is among the most technically challenging maneuvers in aviation, especially when flying a prop-driven, WWII-era C-97 Stratotanker. That's why neophyte pilots spent hours at the controls of this life-size simulator before they ever set foot in the real thing.
Do you remember how you spent your high school years? Odds are you were more concerned with your social status than actually doing something useful with your life. Not Dominick Lee. Instead of parties and homecomings he designed, built, and programmed an impressive low-budget flight simulator that's going to all but…
You don't see a lot of first person shooter games that opt for a bow and arrow in lieu of a machine gun, but that's probably because no one has created a bow interface as authentic as what Masasuke Yasumoto at the Tokyo University of Technology has developed.
What do you rely on your local Costco for? Gigantic boxes of diapers? Bulk packs of chicken fingers? In the UK, when you're stocking up on bangers and mash, you can also go home with a full-size $115,000 Formula One simulator. Although, sadly, they're not sold in bulk packs for bigger savings.
When it comes to making video games feel more realistic, Nintendo seems to be one of the industry's leading innovators. First it introduced a vibrating rumble controller accessory for the N64, and then of course it made a buttload of money from the motion-controlled Wii. But a company called Tactical Haptics wants…