The Advantage of Mounted Monitors
Updated: Apr 19, 2019
The research and development team here at Eleetus strive to provide our customers with the most immersive and realistic simulator experience. We are constantly advancing the technology not only with our motion engine, but the hardware and software that is built around it. Visuals are a key component in simulation. In non-VR applications, the monitors on an Eleetus simulator are mounted to the moving sled. This allows the monitors to remain directly in the user’s line of sight, delivering a visually accurate and expansive view of the simulated environment.
How Do We Simulate Reality?
With limited space, the most effective way to simulate the forces applied to the body when accelerating or decelerating in a straight line is to tilt the user forwards or backwards. This generates gravitational forces that replicate the physical force of the simulated experience, while keeping the simulator’s footprint to a minimum.
The same basic concept applies to the centripetal acceleration one experiences when cornering in a car. The simulator tilts to the left and right, enacting gravitational forces on the sides of the user’s body. This tilting is not meant to simulate the compression of a car’s suspension as it maneuvers around a bend, rather it imitates the acceleration force that is enacted on the body due to changing direction.
When accelerating linearly in a real vehicle, one experiences the sensation of being pushed back into their seat (simulated by the backwards tilt). When turning left or right, they will experience an increasing force that pushes them in the opposite direction as they turn more sharply or increase their speed (simulated by a sideways tilt).
Maintaining a Realistic Line of Sight
Because of this concept of limited space, the Eleetus simulator tilts up to 20 degrees in each direction to accurately simulate the forces of acceleration. With static screens, the user would have to adjust their line of sight in a way that is unnatural. This does not correlate with what you experience visually when flying an aircraft or driving a vehicle. It is important that the monitors move with the user and remain stationary relative to the user’s line of sight. This provides a realistic sensation of linear movement as the horizon stays consistent no matter the level of motion.
Physics in Motion
As demonstrated in the following video of F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, the view from a real vehicle stays steady, even in circumstances of extreme acceleration forces.
Hamilton is experiencing upwards of 6.5 Gs of force on his body from different angles. Despite this, the car stays stable and the horizon does not move up, down, left or right, rather it stays still and constant. With mounted monitors that provide the same steady visuals, our customers can simulate a similar experience for an affordable price.
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