VPod - a Virtual Reality Pod

This is the description of a virtual simulation environment for 1/2 persons (patent pending). It consists of a spherical pod made or hard plastic, housing flat-screen displays or plastic screen displays, which is fully or partially enclosed by a shell as the rotating-engine.

A Virtual Reality Pod

This is simply the basic description of a virtual simulation environment for one or two persons.

It is made of a sphere made of molded plastic sections, with space for up to two people;  a base and rotating engine which are also made of molded pasltic. The entire display is comprised of 8 to 16 screens. Each screen is a 19 to 22 inch LCD, or OLED monitor. The image, on each display screen, is generated by a dedicated CPU or GPU.

A multi-node computer manages the synchronization of each image on every screen, to create a smooth visual experience. The multi-node computer may run a Beowulf cluster. The Lawrence Livermore Laboratory visualization toolkit may be used for some of the graphical rendering needs of the virtual environment. The screens visual data is optionally transmitted by wireless. The persons are held in-place with three point harnesses, in seats partially recessed, or not, inside the sphere. The screens, speakers, and seats, are encased inside the sphere.

The sphere is either, fully or partialy enclosed, by an exterior shell, which is the rotating engine. The partially enclosing rotating shell is made of 2 to 8 wide, movable arms with alveoles housing criss-crossing, streakless rubber-band gear threads, able to rotate 360 degrees, providing enough of the required torque, to rotate the sphere and its contents, to a given maximum velocity. Braking is provided, by pneumatic powered brakes with streakless rubber pads, located amidst the alveoles. The sphere rests on a base, which also has alveoles, housing mechanisms to enable smooth rotation of the sphere.

The rotating shell has alveoles housing rubber encased rotors. The rotors come in two forms, one fully enclosed ball, powered by battery; and the second one, open-handed with two rotating motors; one, the gear thread, to rotate the sphere; and the second one for self-rotation.

Each rotor can be angled on any given degree. The assemblage of rotors, synchronized by the central computer, helps rotate the sphere at a given maximum speed.

The mechanisms used to smooth the rotation, is either an assemblage of ceramic ball bearings; or a refrigerated surface, akin to a skating rink. The rotation smoothing mechanisms are located centrally in the base of the pod. The sphere is made to rest on the mechanisms; therefore requiring a load bearing capacity of at least 250Kg.

The other version of a  v-pod, is that of an egg-shaped pod, made of the same molded plastic as above, using an active suspension like mechanism, fixed and circling the top of the pod. The mechanism is made of pneumatic suspensions, wich are synchronized to provide, close to a 45 degree angle of movement to the pod.

Patent Pending