Virtual reality treadmill: Run with a view

University of Tsukuba in Japan is adding a 270-degree wraparound projection screen to the treadmill for an added sense of realism.

Virtual reality treadmill
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With games like Wii Sports and Wii Fit , the concept of combining workout and play is nothing new. But the University of Tsukuba in Japan is pushing the envelope by throwing in a 270-degree wraparound projection screen for an added sense of realism.

Conceived as a physiotherapy waking tool for stroke and related aliment patients, the system comprises three overhead projectors and companion dome mirrors to stitch together an awesome panoramic visual.

The virtual reality treadmill is still in development stage, but we can foresee many more tangible applications once it's materialized--say, military training, home entertainment, and even extreme video gaming.

(Via Crave Asia)

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