Behold: The Ultimate Racing Game Simulator

This is what happens when you let a bunch of engineers play with robots: you get things like the “Motion Cueing Design and Experimental Validation” machine. Roughly translated, this is the ultimate racing game simulator. I love science.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany have built this glorious machine using an industrial robot arm. They call it the CyberMotion Simulator; the player sits in a F1 Ferrari cabin suspended 6 feet off the ground, and then drives the car around a projected track with force feedback steering and pedals. The researchers claim their are using the robot arm to study how we perceive motion, I think they just wanted to have a kick-ass F1 simulator.

Check out the video after the jump.

[via PopSci and IEEE Spectrum]