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TorusTreadmill

 

 Infinite plane is an ideal devices for creation of sense of walking.
Belt conveyer supplys a kind of infinite plane but that admits you to go on only straight way. We want such a complete infinite plane that you can walk in any direction you want to go.

We selected a torus-shaped surface to realize the locomotion interface. Torus treadmill consists of Ten belt conveyers. Ten belt conveyers are connected side by side and driven to perpendicular direction. Infinite surface is generated by these belt conveyers.

Position of the walker is fixed in the real world by computer controlled motion of the conveyers.
movie of the TorusTreadmill >> 

Because of file compression,

the motion is double of actual speed

Related paper

  • Hiroo Iwata : Walking about Virtual Environments on an Infinate Floor , IEEE'99 pdf>>