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Motion Platform Systems

April 2000

CONTENTS:
Background Commercial Vendors Very Large Motion Platforms Homebrew Motion Platforms Hexapod Platforms
Commercial Simulators Entertainment Products Walking Simulators

Background Articles

IDA report "Review of Virtual Environment Interface Technology"; Chapter: Full Body Motion Interfaces
http://www.hitl.washington.edu/scivw/IDA
Technical reports available from NASA; search on “motion AND simulation” gave reasonable precision
http://techreports.larc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/NTRS
ATR's Walking Simulator (GSS, Atlas, ALF) References
Haruo Noma's paper index: http://www.mic.atr.co.jp/~noma/papers/index.e.html
Alsoe ICAT99 papers: http://www.star.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~icat99/paper
Journal of Robotic Systems has a number of articles on Stewart Platforms. 
Several from 1993 are refrerenced Virtual Roller Coaster paper. 
Searching electronic versions from 1996 turned up 11 papers.
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jtoc?ID=35876
Laboratory for Micro Enterprise (LME) Hexapod Machine open source code and links:
http://www.i-way.co.uk/~storrs/lme/LMEHexapodMachine.html
US NIST RoboCrane
http://www.isd.cme.nist.gov/projects/robocrane
Ralph C. Merkle Nanotech Positional Device; 1994 article with recently updated links, etc.
http://www.zyvex.com/nanotech/6dof.html

Motionware Vestibular Stimulation

Virtual Motion, Inc.; (see white paper for background details)
http://www.vm3.com/MotionWare

Very Large Motion Platforms

US NADS National Advanced Driving Simulator
The University of Iowa's "official" NADS home page
http://www.nads-sc.uiowa.edu
The official federal DOT/NHTSA NADS page
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/perform/nads
US NASA VMS Vertical Motion Simulator Complex
http://www.simlabs.arc.nasa.gov/vms/vms.html

Homebrew Motion Platforms

John Dunkley, Adelaide, Australia 
http://www.senet.com.au/~dunkleyj
Klaus Schmidinger, Germany
(See forum for links to articles on platform control software)
http://www.cadsoft.de/~kls/fltsim

Commercial Vendors

Company Products
August Design, Inc.
120 West Lancaster Ave, 3rd Floor, 
Ardmore, PA 19003-1305 USA
phone: 610.642.4000
fax: 610.642.5137
email:engineering@august-design.com
http://www.august-design.com
Ship Motion Simulator using hexapod, adaptable for VR/entertainment. Skycam: motion platform stablizes camera for large area flyover.
Camber Entertainment
Unit 2 Charlwood Court
County Oak Way, Crawley
West Sussex RH11 7XA UK
Phone: +44 (0) 1293 427921/2
Fax: +44 (0) 1293 427925
http://www.camber.com/entertainment
FX2 – 2 person pod with electric motion base for coin-op. Morphis multi-seat Pods for motion theatre.
GreyStone Technology Incorporated
4950 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123 USA
Phone: (619) 874-7000
FAX: (619) 874-7007
http://www.gstone.com
Mercury VR Platform designed for entertainment venues encorporates a motion platform.
Hydraudyne Systems & Engineering B.V.
Kruisbroeksestraat 1, P.O. Box 32, NL-5280 AA Boxtel, The Netherlands
Phone.: +31 (0)411 65 19 51
Fax: +31 (0)411 65 14 53
E-mail: s&e@hydraudyne.nl
http://www.hydraudyne.nl
Several 6DOF motion platforms.
Moog Inc.
Jamison Road, East Aurora, New York 14052 USA
Telephone: 716 687 4000 
FAX: 716 687 4467
http://www.moog.com/electrif/electrifying.htm
Electric motion bases
Motionbase Plc. 
Vale House, 
52 Ashton Vale Road, 
Bristol, BS3 2HQ, UK 
Phone: (+44)-117-907-7690 
Fax: (+44)-117-987-3112
http://www.motionbase.com
Maxcue servo electric motion platform, Explorer 1 pod systems
Sarnicola Simulations Systems Inc.
PO Box 480, 970 Conklin Road
Conklin, NY 13748 USA
Tel/Fax: 607 724 4021
Manufacturer of high quality electric and hydraulic motion platforms (single seat up through military flight simulator).
Servos and Simulation, Inc.
111 Atlantic Andex Point
Maitland, FL 32751 USA
Tel 407-262-9042 
Fax: 407-262-9043
http://www.servos.com
Manufacturer of flight control loading systems and electric motion platforms. Formed in 1981.
Simtec GMBH
Simtec Simulation Technology GmbH
Hermann-Blenk-Staße 34
D-38108 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 (0) 531 2 15 39-0
Fax: +49 (0) 531 2 15 39-99
E-Mail: info@simtec-gmbh.de
http://www.simtec-gmbh.de
Manufactures hydraulic motion platforms for simulator ride attractions, flight and vehicle simulators. Has a plug-and-play 6-DOF motion platform with serial interface and washout filter software.
ViRtogo Inc.
Brad Engstrand
2658 N Dayton Street
Chicago, IL 60614 USA
Phone: 1-800-490-5608 
Phone: 773/281-6435
Fax: 773/281-1567 
E-MAIL: info@virtogo.com
http://www.virtogo.com
Cyber Air Base: pneumatic single seat motion platform
Licenced Flogistron technology 10/99
Virtual Motion, Inc.
622 2nd Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 USA
Phone: 412-338-2470
Fax: 412-338-2474
http://www.vm3.com/MotionWare
Unique, patented, motion simulation using galvanic (electrical) stimulation of the vestibular system

Commercial Simulators

Algorithms Inc
Phone: (770) 232-4949
E-mail: postmaster@algorithm.com
http://algorithm.com
Graphics, Motion Simulation Programming
CAE Electronics Inc. 
750 Miller Drive S.E., Suite 100
Leesburg, Virginia 20175 U.S.A. 
Tel : 703-443-1700
Fax : 703-443-2494
E-mail: webmaster@cae.com
http://www.cae.ca
Commercial and Military Flight Simulators with motion platforms
Digitran Simulation Systems
P.O. Box 6310 
North Logan, Utah 84341-6310 USA
Toll Free: 1-800-423-7939 
Phone: (435) 752-9067 
Main Fax: (435) 752-5888
http://www.digitranhq.com
Digitran Simulation Systems provides custom training simulators with motion platforms for the Mining, Petroleum, Vehicle, and Maritime Crane Industries
I-SIM Corporation
2961 W. California Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84104 USA 
Toll Free 1-888-259-ISIM
Telephone (801) 983-9900
Fax (801) 983-9901
http://www.i-sim.com
Vehicle Simulators incorporating motion platforms

Entertainment Product Companies

Dreamality Technologies, Inc. 
P.O. Box 6 
Tangerine, FL 32777 
Voice 352-383-1257 
FAX 352-383-9075
http://www.dreamalitytechnologies.com
Manufacturer of motion base equipped virtual reality simulators for Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Ultralights for entertainment and training.
Iwerks Entertainment, Inc.
4540 West Valerio Street
Burbank, CA 91505-1046
Phone: (818) 841-7766
Fax: (818) 840-6188
http://www.iwerks.com
Motion Theatre Rides, 2-8 seat motion platforms
Jesler Enterprises Inc.
401 Pido Rd.
Peterborough Ont. Canada
K9J 6X7
Voice 705 876 0226
fax 705 876 9286
Email: jesler@ptbo.igs.net
http://www.ptbo.igs.net/~jesler
Arcade systems with single person motion bases
Mariah Vision3 Entertainment, Inc. 
476 Viking Drive 
Virginia Beach, VA 23452 
Ph. (757)431-3290 
Fax (757)431-3291
http://www.mariahvision3.com
Vision3 Racing Sim with 2 person pneumatic motion base
Maxflight
750 Airport Road
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701 USA +1 (732) 942-9898
FAX +1 (732) 942-1114
http://www.maxflight.com
Motion Simulator Pods for interactive an theatre rides providing 360deg pitch and roll.
StrayLight Corp.
150 Mt. Bethel Road
Warren, NJ 07059 USA
TEL 908 580 0086
FAX 908 580 0092 
http://www.strayvr.com
CyberTron system uses an Orbotron with HMD based graphics/sound system.
Thomson Entertainment
Gatwick Road, Crawley
West Sussex, England RH10 2RL
Tel: +44 1293 563799
Fax: +44 1293 563388
Email: entertain@ttsl.co.uk
http://www.thomsonentertainment.thomson-csf.com
Largest entertainment simulator manufacturer in the world – primarily motion theatres & multi-person pods.
Virtual Voyage 
9801 Blue Lake Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630
Phone: (916) 853-0630 
http://www.virtvoyager.com
Virtual Reality Entertainment Gaming Cockpit Simulator

Walking Simulators

ATR GSS, ATLAS,  S
CGSD Corporation
2483 Old Middlefield Way #10
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
tel: 650 903 4920
fax: 650 967 5252
http://www.cgsd.com/OmniTrek.html
OmniTrek was a prototype walking simulator built for US Army. (update from Roy’s email)
Iwata Lab. Univ.of.Tsukuba
http://intron.kz.tsukuba.ac.jp

Torus Treadmill, Walkthrough Simulator, 6DOF motion platform
US ARMY Dismounted Warrior Network (DWN)
http://web1.stricom.army.mil/PRODUCTS/DWN/warrior1.html
Omnidirectional Treadmill for dismounted infantry ( see CDRL AB06)
U. Utah - Treadport Locomotion Interfaces
http://www.cs.utah.edu/~jmh/Locomotion.html
U. Utah Immersive Environment Research group research pages on use of Sarcos Treadport. 
Virtual Space Devices, Inc. 
9200 Russell Avenue South 
Bloomington, MN 55431 
V: 612/884-3328 
M: 612/986-4862 
Email: david@vsdevices.com
http://www.vsdevices.com
Omnidirectional treadmill built for USGovt
Website not operational 11/99 
VR_Systems U.K. 
Unit 8, 
Home Farm Business Centre, 
East Tytherley Road, Lockerley, 
Romsey, Hampshire. S051 OLW. UK
Tel: (01794) 342050 
Fax: (01794) 342051
http://www.ndirect.co.uk/~vr-systems
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