12-03-2017 02:37 PM
I'll start out with two warnings:
- This is NOT a cheap solution
- This is NOT a small space solution
What the main goals are:
- Customizable to fit YOU
- Robust design with off the shelf parts
- Minimal to no machining needed
- Can be upgraded with open source solutions
I will update the post with new photos of CAD modeling as I go.
The current model is 8 feet tall which is mainly due to me being 6'1" and I want to be able to jump/crouch and eventually be able to go prone. It is also about 7 feet x7 feet so again not small.
All parts in the design can be bought from 8020.net and I will add a parts list with the price once I have completed design and modeling.
Points of Interest:
-The black arrows pointing up and down are for free movement to crouch and sit. This is accomplished using the linear bearings available on 8020.net.
-The black arrows that are angle slightly off of horizontal are for the harness adjustment for those that are thinner or thicker than the average person. Also for comfort of turning as this will help align your pivot point to the pivot point of the "treadmill".
-The red circle labeled 1 is the point where the design will pivot. I have not found any off the shelf components for this as of yet. If you have any suggestions, please leave a link in the comments.
-The red circle labeled 2 is where the harness will attach. So far a decent option would be https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJFRIGW/ref=psdc_7491817011_t1_B0008MUTTW
As for the part you run on, I am currently thinking a simple carpet with carpet sliders on your feet. Similar to https://www.amazon.com/Simtec-Fun-Slides-Carpet-Skates/dp/B000MN8DT0
The method of tracking would be what I outlined in the post here: http://community.viveport.com/t5/General-Vive-Discussion/Walking-Running/m-p/12763#M3423
Once I find or develop the code it will be open source and downloadable. I'd expect I'll be able to spend more time on this in a few months.
Cool idea! Thanks for posting this. Are you going to put up photos of the completed prototype? We'd like to see it!