If not pandemic COVID-19, a wider audience will be met with the Nova platform from start-up Eight360 for a month or two before. On the other hand, a General quarantine even gave the project a service, as many people became interested in electronic races with the most realistic physics of the process. And the Nova device is much better conveys the feeling of entering a turn or a loop than any chair or gaming headset because it literally moves the player in space.
The third and so far the most successful model of the sphere for virtual reality Nova is a ball with a diameter of 2 m and a weight of 500 kg, is located on the three fold support. Inside each petal wheel with individual drive, which together can expand the scope in any direction and twist it 360 degrees on all axes at once. The speed of rotation reaches 180 degrees per second, which is even higher than that of a jet fighter, and certainly more than you need gamer. But the experience of staying inside Nova is much brighter.
Inside the sphere there is a powerful desktop computer, virtual reality headset, battery and fasteners under the seat and mounted modules. By default, nothing there, only the simple seat, but here you can build a simulated cockpit of any vehicle, put a seat from a racing car or a spacecraft. In Eight360 plan to put Nova geologists, rescue workers, military and all those who are forced to ride on the road, where precision control of heavy machinery is critical. Nova will become a universal simulator for driving on steep slopes.
Sphere is designed to work with any VR platforms and supports out of the box such gaming applications like X-Plane, DCS World, Virtual Battle Sim 3, Dirt Rally, iRacing and Project Cars. Alas, Nova is not for gaming, it do not go on sale. Instead, it plans to lease it at a price of $150 thousand per year to large corporations who are interested in such a simulator for BP.