Tuesday, 10 Aug, 2010 Technology

Robotic Arm that Simulates Ferrari Drive


Most robotic arms are used for such useful activities as helping people with physical disabilities, helping doctors carry out surgeries and even helping cooks prepare meals. However, the robotic hand called Cyber-Motion Simulator is meant to simulate a Ferrari drive.

Engineers at Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, mounted a cockpit to the top of a robotic arm.

When the user is sitting in a special chair of the cockpit he or she can experience a drive in a Ferrari F2007.

The user sits in the simulator 7 feet above the ground. The cockpit features pedals, force-feedback steering wheel and other features that allow the person to get a complete feeling.

It is possible the engineers decided to build such a simulator in order to figure out how the human body experiences motion.

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