Object StatementVirtual Reality game console 1000CS, with computer removed, consisting of game station, Commodore 3000 computer, head mounted display (HMD), joystick and steps, metal / plastic / electrical and electronic components, designed and made by W Industries Ltd, Leicester, Leicestershire, England, 1992-1994
Physical DescriptionVirtual Reality game console 1000CS, with computer removed, consisting of game station, Commodore 3000 computer, head mounted display (HMD), joystick and steps, metal / plastic / electrical and electronic components, designed and made by W Industries Ltd, Leicester, Leicestershire, England, 1992-1994
The system consists of two circular platforms 500mm from the floor with a safety barrier supported by three legs or posts. The safety barrier also houses a transmitting loop which creates a magnetic field which is part of the system for tracking movement. The safety ring is hinged so that it lifts to let the user onto to he platform and lowers again when they are about to use the machine. The platform including the post and safety ring are made of thick moulded blue plastic.
Under the platform is the housing for the computer. The computer is separated from this game station as it was used for parts to keep the computer in another game station operating. The computer has a cream coloured hard plastic exterior with a floppy disk-drive slot at the front of the unit, and inputs and outputs for linking to peripherals at the rear.
The unit has a head mounted display (HMD) and a Joystick/gun hand interface which are attached by cables to the platform. Each joystick and HMD has a polhemus 3d space tracking sensor mounted on it.
The HMD is made of tough, moulded dark grey plastic. Along the front of the HMD is a strip of thick yellow Styrofoam with the word Virtuality moulded into it. The HMD is adjusted via a knob in the top of the band that sits over the top of the head - the inside of the HMD has thick blue Styrofoam cushioning that is loosened or tightened via the knob; the cushioning sits over the top of the head and around the back of the head. There is a stereoscopic display screen that sits directly in front of the eyes. The user views the game's action through these. At the rear of the HMDs there are two inputs for the cables that link the HMDs to the computer.
The joystick, or controller, has a hand grip which the user holds in a similar way one would hold a pistol. There is a control button on the top of the unit, activated by the user's thumb, and a trigger, activated by the user's index finger. A cable comes out of the bottom of the unit and is coiled to allow extension and retraction. The cable connects to the game station that the user stands in while playing.
Metal set of steps.
MarksCyber 1000CS. W Industries.