In this day and age there are simulators for every type of vehicle. The Cybermotion Simulator begs to differ though.
Sure, once you’re in the driver’s seat suspended from a massive robotic arm, it does feel like any other simulator. The difference is its purpose: its creator Paulo Robuffo Giordano built it to study motion and not test drive high performance Ferrari’s on the cheap.
So yeah, the robotic arm allows for realistic sensations as you cruise along the immersive 3D environment. But as Paulo explains, its goal is to “understand how humans experience the sensation of motion…By running suitable experiments one can gain better insights into the cognitive processes of the human brain.”
All right, point taken—it’s a science project. But hey, we might not be that big on cognitive insights because this just looks like too much fun, especially since the robotic cockpit and its software can simulate almost any vehicle. ANY VEHICLE. That’s planes and tanks included.
Wow. Who ever said studying motion is a dreary chore?