The below video is from the YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay. In this Destin Sandlin goes to visit the guys behind the Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill, we’ll call it Infinadeck for short, to save me having to type that again. Similar to the one used in Ready Player One, this allows you to freely walk around in virtual reality without hitting a wall.
In engineering we have these assignments called technology readiness levels. There’s nine of them and I would say this is somewhere between a six and a seven, which means there’s a working prototype that works and they’re just refining the subsystems. They’re about to go to production so it’s really cool to be able to walk on this Infinadeck before it goes out into mainstream production and see the behind the scenes engineering things they’re having to solve.
This would excite me but I can imagine these being extremely expensive when they actually get released. Not to mention the fact my other half will just plain refuse letting me have one. “It’s either me or the treadmill.” Your bags are already by the door waiting for you.
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