This may be on my radar due to my work, and my fear of unstable hydraulic lifts lifting me into rafters. I would much rather put on a climbing harness, shimmy up into the rafters, and walk across them myself (more stable of a platform)… but alas, work will not let me do this.
And so, the idea here is simple:
- Build a metal, mesh table that is on 4 hydraulic arms
- Connect the hydraulics to an arduino control system
- Use UE4 to control the ACS
- Player gets onto the platform and closes the gate, puts on a VR headset, and with a controller, they push either up or down. In game, they will be on a lift, and it goes up or down (simple, yes?)… the platform should also “sway” a bit and do the “up/down” motion that you feel on lifts (elevators, etc…).
The idea is for the player to either A) Get over the fear of mechanized lifts or B) Just get used to it so the player’s legs aren’t shaking, cold sweats, anxiety… when the player gets off of one. Either way, although option A would be better.
So, all of that realized, could anyone recommend some reading/learning material on how to build this? I only know the theory on how hydraulics work, and I am neither a machinist or an engineer. Any pointers would be great. Even ff I end up not doing the project, it would be cool to learn about it.
edit: substitute hydraulics with pneumatics… after a short bit of reading a google result, this looks like the route I want to go.