Serious Labs releases universal motion base for VR equipment simulators
The base acts as the foundation for additional VR equipment simulators such as skid steers, dozers, excavators and backhoes
Serious Labs has unveiled a Universal Motion Base (UMB) for seated VR Heavy Equipment Simulators at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. The UMB has been designed as the common foundation for the development of additional VR equipment simulators such as skid steers, dozers, excavators, backhoes, and more - as well as for vehicles such as buses and trucks.
The UMB comes standard with an operator's seat, a custom-tuned D-Box actuator system for motion-feedback, and a slide-lock attachment system which is focused on operator comfort during equipment training. The UMB's design offers logical options for equipment controls, including a steering column or control handles, multiple pedal options and attachment points on either side of the operator to accommodate all future equipment types.
When the company develops additional equipment simulators on top of the UMB, they will tune the D-Box actuator system to match that equipment's personality and feel to ensure it provides critical motion queuing. This will help to mitigate cybersickness, a problem found with many simulators on the market today.
Serious Labs is currently in a pilot phase to develop forklift simulators with United Rentals' built upon the UMB. They are also seeking additional partners in the construction industry, and are looking to expand beyond heavy equipment with active discussions in the commercial carrier industry.