German Researchers Develop CyberWalk

Submitted by: lovers007 9 years ago in Science
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It allows people to have the sensation of walking while staying in the same place. Great for music videos. [No audio.]
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Male 8
wow that looks like sooooo much fun, those germans must be freakin` genius.
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Male 64
"You don`t need safety cables to walk in a warehouse..."

I think that`s actually to detect which way you are moving so the tredmill reacts correctly...

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Male 64
I would defineatly say it should be used for VR, not so much music videos
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Male 592
whoa, big expensive treadmill. do these people have lives?
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Male 1,226
Wait, isn`t that just a big treadmill, which is already invented making this utterly stupid?
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Male 9
lol, stupid Americans.

When we Germans invented computers and CERN (switzerland) invented networking we would`ve never thought that a bunch of American idiots would get on something called "internet" in the future and make fun about pioneer-technology.

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Male 472
why dont they just let a person walk in space their still hanging the person up so why not make him not touch the ground.

if u run without touching the ground u will stay at same spot or does that just feel like fake walking ?

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Male 2,113
VERY COOL!
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Male 134
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Great for music videos?
...No.

If you`re getting that delivered to you just for 30-120 seconds of `walking` shots... There`s a few things you`re forgetting...

It`s HUGE! Think of shipping costs...
It`s frikkin` expensive... Rental costs?
It`s awkward...

If you`re gonna travel just to use one, you still have to hire it, it`s still awkward, and there probably wont be that many around...

Just hire a big-ass warehouse and walk around in that. Simple, and cheaper.

Correct me if I`m wrong, but where does this thing beat a warehouse? You don`t need safety cables to walk in a warehouse...

x.

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Female 341
hmm, pretty interesting. Will definitely play a big role when good virtual reality gets here...
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Female 348
its just a super big treadmill isnt it ?? pretty cool anyway
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Female 657
"Can you not see, that whatever direction they walk in, the technoolgy makes it so he`s always in the same spot?"

Except that they`re moving all over the board. Like, literally, they`re not staying in one stationary point, they`re sliding all over to I still don`t get it.

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Male 230
didnt watch much, saw the person walking on the big treadmill thing, no audio... from my point of view, it looks like a giant, arm-severing treadmill... if you dont understand, think about what might happen if your arm got caught in it when it was going around the front or back
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Male 211
"Can you not see, that whatever direction they walk in, the technoolgy makes it so he`s always in the same spot? the tracks move to the way he`s walking..."

I lol`d out loud at how exciting you tried to make that sound

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Male 1,024
what would be the point of a few million dollars investment for THAT? i don`t get it.
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Male 306
They should use them in airports so those f`n slow a*s ppl will get out of my way while im running to catch my late flight...arrgh...i hate strollers
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Male 28
Drunk, excuse spelling :P
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Female 214
I find it hilarious that while Podpod is calling everyone stupid he says "world war too."
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Male 24
Theres already something like that out there....and the surface it a lot smoother , and it runds better , and isnt that big......so germans.....u lose.
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Male 28
It is more then a mere treadmill, can`t you see that?
A treadmill you walk in one line, this thing gives you manouvure
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Male 155
The new WII accessory, "The Wiiwalk" no more staying in one place, you can now move while you slash at your opponents. They could really market it though, make all the kids get exercise w/o them knowing it.
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Male 28
You`re all stupid with phrases such as "A treadmill, so what" (even though it says it in the description).
Can you not see, that whatever direction they walk in, the technoolgy makes it so he`s always in the same spot? the tracks move to the way he`s walking...
It offers alot of possibilites, like stated, a virtual reality, you could be walking through world war too, all virtual reality, or walking around venice, rome, new york, anywhere!
Also for virtual reality games, does that not sound cool? you could be running around, say in counter strike on that thing?

I call the lot of you stupid for just thinking it`s a treadmill

tl;dr grow some brains and imagination

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Female 393
OMG THEY CREATED A TREADMILL!! wtf do they mean "cyberwalk"?? and did you see how huge that thing was?? "it gives you the illusion of walking while staying in place" so does an effing treadmill.
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Male 122
A 2-d treadmill. When they make a much smaller version of it that senses which way you want to go, then you could actually walk around inside a video game, while staying in place.
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Female 354
wow
a giant treadmill
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Male 2,440
Uhhhhhhh, it`s cheaper and a hell of a lot easier to just walk outside like a normal person. But kind of interesting.
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Female 2,220
So... a treadmill?
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Female 657
I want that minute of my life back. -_-;

It`s a bigass treadmill... that makes you walk funny.

I`m pretty into gaming and can`t think of one single application of this. If they wanted to study the mechanics of how someone walked to try and make character movement realistic, couldn`t they just track people walking regularly? I don`t understand. If anyone else understand this, please fill me in. x_x

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Male 153
I.....I don`t get it..... it look`s like he`s walking, but.....he`s not! oh wait yes he is! God this is so confusing? What did they invent? a hook that holds you in one place while you actually WALK around on something thats moving? What`s the point? We`ve already had those for a while, as so many noted. And this doesn`t even have gaming benefits unless they develop shoes that sense which direction you walk in so it moves in that direction.
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Male 891
*gasp* its a treadmill with two dimensions of movement instead of just one!
:-|
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Female 30
five words: VIRTUAL INSANITY vid by jamiroquai :)
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Male 690
hmmmmm. have u tried running?
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Male 516
I can see this in a really smaller size in my living room, making wii games much more fun =D
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Male 1,788
Interesting, but not sensational.
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Male 10,440
Looks like a treadmill made of treadmills. Cool, but I don`t see the use.
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Male 2,605
looks like a big treadmill, dumb
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Male 211
That was @ Podpod
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Male 211
^^We care... no seriously, we really do. Please tell us more.
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Male 39
Miscellaneous curses and obscenities... I forgot about the treadmill LOL. I knew there was something better than the escalator, Oh well, like previously state escalators were obviously made to walk up and down in the opposite direction they are moving...
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Male 28
I`ve lurked i-a-b for 4 years now, and it`s sad to see the community is so stupid as you lot are...
I registered just to say this, yes.
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Male 3,369
The only possibly application I can see for this is for gaming!
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Female 345
Every holodeck needs one :D
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Male 815
no all we gotta do is wait for some drunk-chick to try and jump on it while it`s on full-speed...
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Female 70
a treadmill within a treadmill? hmm
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Male 49
"Like going through time into the dinosaur era and whatnot..."

Then people will really have an excuse not to go outside

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Male 1,162
I really have a hard time seeing the possible use for this damn thing.
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Female 380
Its called a treadmill on steriods people...
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Male 1,003
"Sensation of walking"? THEY ARE Walking. They`re just not going anywhere. Well, they are since the world is rotating and all. They have treadmills for that, all this does is allow you to turn around.
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Male 191
im going now guys cya (nice debate guys)lol
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Male 191
oh and ya sisters funny
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Male 49
""...then the videogame capabilities would be huge."
I was just going to type up something like that, too. You beat me to it."

Sorry Dainty :P

"i like no-chancers way of thinking its brilliant and so true"

Thank you :D I agree :P

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Male 191
i h8 them cuz im costerfobic lol
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Male 191
dont forget the lazy........... lol
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Male 191
funny masterfu i think u shud call it a elevator
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Male 191
ahh well good running around the place i just thought it wud be like the matrix lol
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Male 211
Guess what guys, I just invented a box attached to some cables that allows people to travel to different levels of a building just by pressing a button. Nobel prize, plz.
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Male 191
i like no-chancers way of thinking its brilliant and so true
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Male 2,160
the hell is that thingy...man,my country really gotto stop wasting its cash on stuff like that,looks more like a treadmill for elephants.
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Male 626
i think... the idea is the surface is bumby so there body moves around like its walking on stones or something like they might do in music vids... other wise yea its a big treadmill <.<
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Male 191
its k i surpose but still a 5 year old cuda thought of it
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Male 49
If they could develop it so it wasn`t constantly moving in one direction, but moved the opposite way to the way you wanted to move by reading your brain impulses or something, then the videogame capabilities would be huge.

They could put a giant 360 degree projection or something around it.

It would bring first person shooters to a whole new level.

Maybe virtual walks would be created and bought :S "Walk through the Grand Canyon today!"

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Male 191
i agree with dainty but still escalators are there too walk up the wrong way just for amusment lol
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Female 55
But...it`s just a giant treadmill with horizontal treadmills...And the people didn`t seem to be walking normally because of the horizontal motion. Maybe OK Go can make a different BETTER dance on one of those.
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Male 211
I have one too. It`s called a treadmill.
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Male 191
Oh wow-e the germans have finaly discovered how to make a tredmill big woooo i av never thought of that not

oh and yey second the closest ive ever gt to the top

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Female 332
that really does seem to be the only good applications...music videos. Maybe it`ll help with CGI/live action stuff.
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Male 39
That is pretty cool, Course I think they already invented escalators I could be wrong about that though... :D
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