Location: Tübingen, Germany

“With the CyberPod we can study the interplay between the human visual, auditory, vestibular and neuromuscular systems.

The center piece of the CyberPod is a hexapod Stewart platform (Bosch eMotion 1500) with six degrees of freedom. Mounted on the motion-base is a 2.5 by 2.2 m aluminum platform.  For visualizations, the platform features a removable projection screen located 1.1 m away from the participant, resulting in a field of view of approximately 95°×53°. The ProPixx projector has a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (at 120 Hz) or a refresh rate of up to 500 Hz in RGB and 1440 Hz in grayscale (at reduced resolutions).

Passive and active stereo projection is possible. Instead of the projection screen, the platform can also be used with our head mounted display systems in conjunction with an optical tracking system (Optitrack V120:Trio) to measure head pose and optical marker locations at 120Hz.

Auditory stimulation is provided using either a surround sound system or noise-cancelling headphones. The characteristics of the motion system have been objectively measured with a standardized approach. The system time-delay is below 20 ms […]. The system bandwidth depends on the exact mechanical configuration equipment mounted to the platform, but exceeds 30 Hz for the most basic configuration, consisting of a seat on the platform only.”


The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics CyberPod

Source: Motion perception & simulation, Max Planck Institute 

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