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Olympic Skeleton Simulator


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April 6, 2012, Interactive Arts & Technology: Interface Design (IAT 334)
-based on an idea for an indoor skeleton simulator to help olympic skeleton athletes train more effectively during the summer.

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Olympic Skeleton Simulator

  1. 1. 4- PC Desktop terminal running simple C-script prompt: Extreme3XS 3- User reads: Information about the art concept, the experience of being a Skeleton athlete, the immersive quality and full motion precautions of the exhibit and the descriptive, step-by-step art installation instructions. Extreme Skeleton Sensation Simulator By: TInk Newman Skeleton Athlete SFU Interactive & Industrial Design focus March 3, 2011 Key: Start/Stop user actions and new phases. Technological processing (instantaneous transmission). User types their name and answers the prompt “What is your name?” unknowingly assigning their name letters to the “Display_name” User-based action or choice contributing to ownership of experience. Headings Represent 3 Phases of art experience: 1. Preparation 2. Simulator 3. Video viewing Execution visible to audience. Cords and main computer hidden behind folding screen. Reoccuring event (continuous, real-time digital transmission). Yes. : installation board 2- RSLogix 5000 Software: -Blue 12 DC volt LED tubes, in the sled motion plaform are contantly ‘on’ and produce a glowing and soft illumination for interior lighting. No...the user can watch another person experience the simulator and then watch the ‘Performance Viewing’ (wait for about 3 minutes.” 6- User’s visual perception: A rounded, jet black, sleek, motionplatform that encases and is attached to a skeleton sled. The motion platform is supported by spider-like hydraulic systems (acuator) systems. The motion plaform casing displays Canadian maple leaf and aerodynamic inspired designs glowing on the outside (as they are cut through to the interior glowing lights). -Direct blue illumation is provided over the installation board by a blue 8mm LED wire and resistor and simple clamp to secure it over the board. Both non-interactive. :ComplexLogix Control System (PLC) : user’s cognitive function 7- Microphone- RIGblaster Nomic USB/Serial Complete: 1User walks through open archway and proceeds towards installation board. User speaks their name creating a personal connection and ownership to the experience. Atmosphere & Skeleton Gear System One Indicates processing function on NEW PAGE Conditional statement or ‘choice by user’ giving 2 different options. : RSLogix 5000 Software 5User decides to use the sled/body interface and ride the simulator. : RS232 Serial Cable 8- RS232 Serial Cable: Sends audio data signal assigned with “Name” and activates drive ‘on/recieved’ switch. 12- Wireless, Virtual Reality, Uvex Helmet with 3D, 10’ away, LCD, projection into visor: :Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive The user puts on the sleek, fitted, helmet and pushes a button on the helmet to turn the battery powered helmet on. The screen starts out as translucent and becomes opaque, showing the output of track visuals once the simulation begins. 9- Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC Sends audio data “name” to software for additional mild, reverb processing, concatenation with the sentence “’The track is now clear for ”Name”; and sentence ‘”Name” in track!” forlater output. : Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC 11- Strap-on shoe ‘caps’ with low-pressure, silicon based, MEMS Pressure transducers in ‘caps’: User straps on specialty made shoe caps designed to be adjustable for any shoe. The pressure sensors in the toe area will give the user confidence for steering by ‘dragging their toes’ and putting pressure on the caps during the simulation. The data from the sensors is continually sent to the RSLogix 5000 via the Servo drive in the PLC. : Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC 10- Wireless Heart Rate Monitor: User wraps heart rate monitor belt around chest and under shirt- behind provided dressing room screen. The heart rate data is constantly recieved and stored until later called and is shown on the final ‘Performance’ display screen by the projector. The knowledge that their heart rate will go up creates anticipation for the user. : RSLogix 5000 Software :RSLogix 5000 Software
  2. 2. 13- Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC: 14- RSLogix 5000 Software: Sends stored and previously processed (time efficient) audio file ‘“The track is clear for ”Name”’ to ceiling speakers. ’On’ signal is sent to interface software via RS232 serial cable indicating user is ready to climb into the motion platform and lay down on the simulator’s sled. User is not waiting long. :Ceiling mounted speakers 26- RSLogix 5000 Software: Sends the user-created data through the Servo drive (Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC) to the hydraulic cylinders to give immediate feedback reaction movements to the user. :RSLogix 5000 Software : MP-Series & TL-Series Electric Cylinders (Hydraulics) attached to motion plaform containing sled and user. 15- HI 1756-2WS ControlLogix Weight Scale Module: 25- Low-pressure, silicon based, MEMS Pressure sensors/transducers on shoulder, knee areas of sled frame and toe caps: User lays down on the skeleton sled and fits body to contours of sled saddle. The body weight is immediately sent to the Servo drive once the user’s body is detected through pressure. The user feels the unusual head position and mentally prepares for the experience. Feeds the pressure information through the Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC to get to the RSLogix 5000 Softare. The software takes the pressure movements, ice temperature, angle of the sled, surface area of runners (based on torque), intertia, speed, position in track, height on ice wall and calculates the visual and hydraulic feedback for the user. A copy of this ‘performance’ data is stored for a delayed viewing after the track ‘run’ is finished. : Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC 16- Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC: :RSLogix Software 5000 running a sub-software Motion Analyzer Weight data in Kilos is sent to the interface software where it is combined with pre-defined algorithms. This data is used to calculate the user’s future inertia, speed and reactive sled movements. :RSLogix 5000 Software Body Interface Feedback, Choice Navigation & Motion Control System Two 17- Helmet mounted Bluetooth microphone : 24- User’s body: Presses opposite shoulders and knees to steer through corners whic places virtual ‘torque’ on the sled. He or she can drag a toe cap to change angle of sled (quick fix to ‘save’ a corner), or it could be used to decrease the sled height on a ‘wall’ (towards the specific toe. : low-pressure, silicon based, MEMS Pressure sensors/transducers on shoulder, knee areas of sled frame and toe caps User speaks “Go”, “Ready”into microphone mounted inside Uvex V.R. helmet. The RSLogix software recieves verification that user is ready and will output ‘”Name” in track” AFTER user’s voice indicates which international track they have chosen. 23- RSLogix 5000 Software: Outputs track visuals. This will cause the user’s to consider how he or she wants to move their body in response to what they see, puttin pressure on the sled . The visuals will also change the user’s heart rate (will be recorded) and his or her eyes will be intensely focusing on certain areas of the visual display. : RSLogix 5000 Software 18- RSLogix 5000 Software: Sends the beginning of the ice track visuals to the user’s helmet. The visuals fade in and the title of the simulator “Extreme3XS”is shown, along with the virtual (and algorithm-calculated), and choice of different tracks and real-time city info for the air temperature of the different tracks locations. :Wireless Virtual Reality Helmet with 3D, 10’ away, LCD projection into Uvex racing helmet visor then to user’s eyes. 19- Helmet mounted Bluetooth microphone : User speaks their indicated choice of track, i.e. ‘Innsbruck’ or ‘Whistler’. : RSLogix 5000 Software :Wireless, Virtual Reality, Uvex Helmet with 3D, 10’ away, LCD, projection into visor: 22- RSLogix 5000 Software: 20- RSLogix 5000 Software: Sends signal to hydralic system (hanging above the user’s back) via Servo drive in PLC, to lower the“G-Force” padded back weight and separate head/helmet weight (duplicate cylinder) so it is just touching the user. This system will increase and decrease pressure according to the G-force algorithms. :Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC Outputs “”Name’ in track.” This personalization makes the user feel more like an athlete and gives the user the feeling that the virtual ‘control tower operator’ is watching them. 21- Kinetix 6000 MultiAxis Servo Drive in PLC Lowers back weight onto user and helmet according to G-pressure reading from RSLogix 5000. :MP-Series & TL-Series Electric Cylinders (Hydraulics) :Ceiling mounted speakers
  3. 3. 27- RSLogix 5000 Software: Body Interface, Choice Navigation & Motion Control Feedback continued... 29- Unrestrictive retinal eye tracking camera- mounted in helmet: 28- Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC: ’Calculates and sends varying strengths of ‘fan speed’ signals to the Servo drive to relay. The camera tracks where the user is ‘looking’ in the track and saves the information for the final display to pinpoint it. This will suprise the user during the later delayed performance. He or she will try to remember what he was thinking during that location in the track. Blows air-conditioned fan towards user’s head that is positioned outside the motion platform. :Air-conditioned fan :RSLogix 5000 Software :Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC 36User walks out of room. This is the end of the art installation experience. 30User’s movements are accurate, continuous and do not run into virtual walls. Yes. No. RSLogix 5000 Software: Sends data through the Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive inside the CompactLogix PLC. The software tells the hydraulics to make “skidding” and/or jarring movements if a user ‘hits a wall.’ 38- User: Creates internal feelings of either frustration or elation based on their interpretation and importance placed on the colourful result visuals. In some cases, users could experience an extreme feeling of accomplishment. These intense feelings could be shared between competitive friends or could be thoughtfully critiqued by a coach. The user’s entire body including their brain, eyes, head, skin (fan), heart, shoulders, hands, knees, feet and back will have been used as a body interface for the Extreme Skeleton Sensation Simulator, :MP-Series & TL-Series Electric Cylinders (Hydraulics) 31- User’s body: Performance Viewing-Delayed Output, Individual Results Analysis & Group Discussion Opportunity User continues to steer on sled. : Motion plaform with sled (containing sensors) System Three : Projected Screen No. 32User says “Stop!” 37- RSLogix 5000 Software: A-Combines stored information from user’s ‘run’ including data from the left and right knees, shoulders and toe touch movements in a mini diagram. It creates, then projects three separate maps on one large 10‘x10’ screen in the dark room: 3. Helmet Cam view- the ‘output visuals’ and recorded eye tracking are linked into one video that indicate to the user, friends or coach where his or her focus was at that specific time. B-Outputs soft but fast/intense music to speakers during video. :A-Ceiling mounted projector, B- Ceiling mounted speakers Yes. User’s voice deactivation will notify the RSLogix 5000 software to stop sending movement signals to the MP-series hydraulics via the Servo Drive (in the PLC). It will slowly but quickly come to a halt and become flat so the user can climb off. :RSLogix 5000 software to PLC to Servo drive to MP-Series & TL-Series Electric Cylinders (Hydraulics) 1. Bird’s eye view- of simplified track map (thick, 4” blue line) and user’s location/during running time within it, entrances and exits (white line). 2. Side view- showcasing the user’s line (white) with height, sled angles, active G-force pressures and responsive driving on the track (red 4” thick line), 33- Helmet mounted Bluetooth microphone: 36User walks over to ‘Final performance’ viewing area and waits to experience his or her sport creation. The video gives a unique and analytical perspective with many variations of maps as feedback. 35- Wireless Virtual Reality Helmet with 3D, 10’ away, LCD projection into Uvex racing helmet visor: The action of turning off the helmet will give notify the RSLogix 5000 softare to output the video in one minute. (There is a sign posted at the final ‘Performance Viewing’ display that reminds the user to turn off the helmet in order to view the delayed video). :RSLogix 5000 Software 34- User’s body: Climbs off of the simulator, takes off and turns off helmet, shoe caps and heart rate monitor and places them on nearby rack. : Nearby chair and coat ‘hangingrack.
  4. 4. By: TInk Newman SID: 301116260 March 3, 2011 IAT-222 Technological Hardware & Reasoning Air-conditioned fan Function: Blow cool air. Interacts with: Kinetix 6000 Servo Drive and RSLogix 5000 Software. Essentiality: Simulate 130km/h rushing wind reistance for user. Art reasoning: It triggers the skin senses, providing another layer of experience, context and allowing the user to use their imagination. Ceiling mounted projector Function: Project images on wall from computer. Interacts with: RSLogix 5000 Software and screen on wall Essentiality: Display the user-created delayed ‘performances’-3 type. Art reasoning: Allows the users and other audience members to exchange dialogue. The project also allows one person to interact with the work as an exemplary viewer and the others to watch the results. CompactLogix Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Allan Bradley Function: Controls the inputs and outputs for many pieces of equipment whose ports might not be USB or directly compatible with a standar PC ports. Interacts with: Kinetix 6000 Servo Drive & RSLogix 6000 software Essentiality: This is required to link all of the different inputs/outputs together and provide real-time processing and feedbacks. PLCs such as this are frequently used in ride simulators. Art Reasoning: This will provide a timely response between user input from the body interface, processing and feedback without awkward delays that could decrease the immersive quality of the experience. This concept of immediate feedback from the user’s freedom of input utilizes a closed structure, with mutiple options through the choice of tracks, and the concept of activation where the user helps to create the art work. HI 1756-2WS ControlLogix Weight Scale Module, Hardy Instruments Function: Register the weight of the user in kilos. Interacts with: Kinetix 6000 Servo Drive in the PLC. Essentiality: Weight data is required for algorithm calculations. Art Reasoning: The proper weight will translate into a more accurate inertia calculation therefore giving the user a smoother ride. Installation Board Function: Display information about installation, precautions and instructions. Interacts with: User and other audience members. Essentiality: Provide all necessary information and entice user to participate in the interactive art. Art Reasoning: Having a board makes reading for eyes easier, it is less material costly and allows cognitive interaction between the user and the information that are considering. Kinetix 6000 Multi-Axis Servo Drive/Motor, Allan Bradley Function: Control the on/off functions of equipment and send VR value information from the sensors to the PLC. Interacts with: sensors, lighting, hydraulics, VR helmet, cables Essentiality: Connect all of the wires to the PLC and input/output power and valuesfor sensors and hydraulic systems sled movements. Art Reasoning: This is a ‘behind the scenes’ piece of technical equipment that ties everything together, including the lighting elements. LED (Blue) Lighting Tubes and wires Function: Provides light over for the installation board and mood and motion platform so people can see where they are walking. Interacts with: installation board, user, motion platform Essentiality: Needed to read installation board since room is dark and prevent tripping in the dark with light support. Art Reasoning: Provides alluring, high-tech looking mood lighting that will help produce an intense atmosphere. Microphone-RIGBlaster Nomic USB/Serial Complete Function: input audio from user to create personalized sentence. Interacts with: user and RSLogix 5000 software, simple C-script programming prompt (i.e. Python) Essentiality: Helps create an immersive and user-specific audio experience. Art Reasoning: When the user’s name is spoke, it makes the user feel like the the ‘control tower operator’ is nearby and watching out for them. Motion Analyzing software Function: calculates algorithms from sensor and weight data using previously collected data from real skeleton athletes. Interacts with: RSLogix 5000 software. Essentiality: provides an accurate sled movement algorithm based on the air temperature, sled pressure movements, inertia and speed to be sent as feedback to the user. It also provides the basis for the track visuals. Art Reasoning: This software is the basis of all initated and reactionary movements from the users. All visuals, user created input of steering and the performance display are derived from these ongoing calculations. Motion Platform (housing sled) Function: provide an interaction medium between the sled’s runner’s/body with the motorized hydraulic cylinders functional interaction. Interacts with: Essentialtiy: The platform allows the sled to be controlled by outside hydraulics allowing small movements to act upon the platform and the user. Art Reasoning: The motion platform allows the sled to become a body interface and the user can choose their own path through the track. This is fun and challenging for the user and take a lot of mental focus. MP-Series & TL-Series Electric Cylinders (Hydraulics) Function: move the motion platform with the sled. Interacts with: Motion platform and Kinetix Servo Drive/Motor Essentiality: The cylinders move the platform in small or large increments according to the values the software creates and what the user’s sled is supposed to recieve. Art Reasoning: It uses a dynamic data structure because the user is involved in creating the work and the environment and motions are adapting based on the user’s interaction. RS232 Serial Cable Function: connects RIGblaster microphone to switched Kinetix Servo drive. Interacts with: user, Kintex 6000 Servo Drive, MicrophoneRIGblaster Nomic USB/Serial Complete: Eseentiality: This transmits a personalized audio file to the ceiling speakers and makes it so the audio can direct the user. Art Reasoning: This allows the audio transfer to be reliable, high-quality and realistic during the user’s audible and cognitive experience. Strap-on shoe ‘caps’ MEMS pressure transducers/sensors Function: Send sensor data to software for calculation Interacts with: user, RSLogix Softare and Motion Analyzer Essentiality: The low-pressure, silicon-based sensors allow for very sensitive pressure movements from the knees, shoulders and toes that can be sent to the RSLogix software. Art Reasoning: The sensors are important because they are one of the main components of the open structure that allows users to explicitly interact with the art work. Unrestrictive retinal eye tracking camera- mounted in helmet Function: uses x and y coordinates o track the fixations and saccatas of where the eye looks in the track visuals. Interacts with: VR helmet, user’s retinas, RSLogix 5000 software Essentiality: This essential for the user to re-live the experience in the ‘Performance Viewing’ by seeing his or her exact actions and thoughts in time (via the eye fixations). Art Reasoning: The user can watch his or her recorded performance and understand in retrospect what their cognitive thought processes were. Wireless Heart Rate Monitor Function: measure and record the heart rate of the user. Interacts with: user, RSLogix 5000 Software Essentiality: Gives vital readings regarding the user‘s wellness during the simulation and stores the data for future viewing. Art Reasoning: This shows a portion of the user‘s emotions (during the ‘Performance Viewing’) in relation to the thrilling experience. It incorporates the idea of presence and embodiment where the body (vitals) is the site of artistic creation and gives it an additional source of meaning. Wireless, Virtual Reality, Uvex Helmet with 3D, 10’ away, LCD visor projection Function: provides visuals to the user‘s eyes for steering. Interacts with: user‘s eyes, retinal eye tracking, RSLogix 5000 software Essentiality: Allows the user to see the track visuals wirelessly, while moving and still wearing equipment similar to a skeleton athlete. Art Reasoning: This helmet will be point of interest for many users because if its rare use in normal contexts. It will provide a full immersion for the user into the ice track of their choice. The visuals will be crystal clear and 3D so they are far enough away for the user to make fast decisions. Relevant Classes & Experiences: FPA 147-ElectroAcoustic Music, audio processing COGS 100- Cognitive Science TECH 106- Spatial Thinking (beginning engineering) IAT 102- Graphic Design IAT 201- Human Computer Interaction ARCH 101- Architectural Drafting (USA) Pre-ARCH- Auto-CAD drafting Work experience: Manufacturing Project Management Work exposure: Walt Disney Imagineering, ride simulation tours Sport exposure: Skeleton racing, Whistler/Calgary sliding centres