The mouthwatering device folds up like an oversized taco for easy transport and storage.
Frustrated by the lack of effective walking solutions for VR, Mark Dufour came up with his own weird contraption called the Taco VR Platform.first reported by HackadayDufour’s food-inspired device combines a unique-looking omni-directional treadmill with an advanced robotic platform. When not in use, the device fits into tight spaces in your home or office.
To recreate the sensation of walking, the Taco VR platform includes a series of motors, slip rings for continuous rotation, Arduino Mega 2560 Rev3 Microcontroller Boardand 2 pixy2 A camera that tracks each step in VR and moves the platform to your feet.
But why call it Taco VR? When you’re not using the device, it folds up like an oversized taco for easy transport and storage. Dufour developed the treadmill as part of a hackathon and documented his efforts in his four-part video series on YouTube.
The Taco VR platform uses gears to connect a fixed base plate to the platform. This ensures that the platform always faces the same direction as the floor tiles. Dufour uses two disc platforms to ensure there’s always a place to step, using sensors to move the treadmill with each step.
At the moment the platform does not support up and down movement, blog postDufour says it’s possible we could introduce that feature over time.
To build the Taco VR platform, Dufour used infent Find robust prototyping components. He also used 3D printing to create gear that Infento doesn’t have.
There are currently no safety features built into the Taco VR platform. Dufour says if this becomes an actual consumer product, he could add a large circular case or something you can use to catch yourself when you lose your balance.
The VR treadmill industry has come a long way in the last few years. That said, the best solution is always to provide an experience where users can physically walk around. not includedThere are also home solutions such as cyber shoes Also virtuixbut Dufour wants something that allows him to “feel” the ground with his shoes or his bare feet.
For now, the Taco VR platform is the prototype we all want to try. You can read more about the Taco VR platform on Dufour’s blog page. blog fartsHe also lists everything you need to build your own Taco VR setup. github.
Image Credit: Mark Dufour