Scotty Hoag
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Untitled Virtual Reality Motion Simulator Ride
December 2017 - Two Bit Circus - Amusement park ride (Unreleased)

We started playing around with using motion simulators for attractions early on in the planning stages of the Two Bit Circus micro-amusement park. I was asked to build some prototype, VR-enhanced vehicle simulations for the CKAS 6-degree of freedom motion simulator. I wrote simple games simulating the motion of a race car, a space ship, and a tank. The tank and space ship simulations had some basic target shooting mechanics. I also wrote firmware for the twin joystick control setup we built for the system.

While the safety regulations eventually proved too numerous and difficult to jump through to actually get the motion simulator approved for public use in the park, we did get some cool videos of television news personalities riding the machine and having a lot of fun while doing so. Below you can see a video from the British tech show BBC Click where the host, Spencer Kelly, and I are shown briefly riding the motion simulator and playing my prototype games. Two Bit later used the prototype games I wrote to evaluate commissioning D-BOX motion chair enhanced versions of popular VR games, including Battlezone.