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Old 11 December 2013, 15:16   #1
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virtual reality with amiga inside !

Do you remrmber these games with virtual reality in london ???
That was amiga inside!!!
But what i'm thinking about is : nobody tried to did a copy of these games and try it in winuae ????
It should perhaps be possible ??? But where to find it ???
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Old 11 December 2013, 15:20   #2
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this is one of these machines !!!!!
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ps: perhaps it's time for microsoft or sony or nintendo or else to make a next generation game machine with virtual reality integrated ??

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Old 11 December 2013, 15:39   #3
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Nice, complex 3D on A500, thanks for video.
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Old 11 December 2013, 15:41   #4
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Do you mean Dactyl Nightmare etc.?
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Old 11 December 2013, 16:16   #5
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chance is, the MAME folks will once get one of the machines and emulate the hardware / rescue the software.

links:
here are some technical details on amigahistory website.
some screenshots by Museum of VR.
new posting about the headgear - the one may have the full machine
posting on a related forum ( google cache - else needs to be registered) about a 1000CS, with photos of the device.
arcade-history about Dactyl Nightmare.
VR-Tifacts - All Brawn – Virtuality 1000CS HMD - pictures and ingame-footage video.

links of an existing machine:
One is offering a Manual for the CS 1000.
Posting about repair of a 1000CS - same board as above - same Author too. page 3 has photos of the A3000 and other hardware parts - leaked
battery
on page 3 - "The Virtual Reality Construction Kit" - "The Virtual Reality Programmers Kit" - software for the Amiga?

who is going to register and ask for manual and software
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Old 11 December 2013, 17:51   #6
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Do you remrmber these games with virtual reality in london ???
That was amiga inside!!!
But what i'm thinking about is : nobody tried to did a copy of these games and try it in winuae ????
It should perhaps be possible ??? But where to find it ???
I remember seeing a post about this somewhere else recently where someone was asking something similar.
Iirc there was a post from someone who had previously had a virtuality machine who reckoned that because of all the custom hardware for the joysticks and headset the software was unlikely to work in uae

I came across a virtuality machine dumped in an old abandoned tourist attraction that was due to be demolished around 5 years ago as the (obvious trophy) headset was gone I didnt give it much more thought. In retrospect I should have pilfered its innards!
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Old 11 December 2013, 19:11   #7
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Nice, complex 3D on A500, thanks for video.
It's actually Amiga 3000 based and has custom graphics and otehr hardware.
It wouldn't work on WinUAE.

I think the way this machine worked was that the Amiga was a glorified controller for putting everything together. There's probably not much being run by the 68k processor in these machines.
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Old 11 December 2013, 19:41   #8
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Those were great. I had a T-Shirt from the events we had where two of the VR units were connected together and you could run around in a virtual 3D world, shooting each other.

I put the T-Shirt on a mannequin when I sold my VFX1 (unrelated) a few years back. Still have the pictures =)

http://www.grandis.nu/images/VFX1_001.jpg

I miss that T-Shirt...
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Old 11 December 2013, 20:53   #9
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There's a guy that has one, that works, and was demonstrating it at the retro revival show earlier this year. I tried to get a go but could not, but chatted to him about the Amigas inside.
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Hi...
The guy who posted the restoration of the VR machine running Dactyl Nightmare was me!

Its internals are an Amiga 3000/30, with a pair of custom graphics cards. The GFX cards are TMS34020 32 bit 40Mhz systems, that each produce a slight offset image in each eye to give a `real 3D` effect.
There is a custom `IO` PCB called the Format Board. This handles the gfx card protection, audio mixing and volumes, and joystick tracking on the Sit Down machines, as well as credit control and a few other bits.

The Tracking system is either a Polhemus Fastrak or an Ascension FOB, depending if a CS (standup) or SD (sitdown) machine, respectively. Both systems use a magnetic transmitter and the receiver is within the Visette (HMD)

As for Winuae, I use that to edit the startup sequences of the systems, so I can learn, and change, and now put other games on. I cant run the games on Winuae - as the software looks for a GFX card, then when it cant find it, it stops the game and heads back into a CLI.


Since that restoration in early 2013, the machine has been to about 10 events around the country, and to make it even better - I restored a second one! - The one in the `Photos` link that Emufan posted. It was `ArcadeOll`s machine, he sold it to me. Playing head to head is available!
I am currently working on the restoration of a Sit Down machine, and I`ll then work on the 3rd CS1000 I have too!

Check out my FB page.
Retro VR. - please like!

Also, if in the area, please come along to the Retro Computer Museum, as we have one of the CS`s there with Dactyl Nightmare, and hopefully soon - the SD with Exorex.
Google the museum and check out when we`re open next. We have LOADS of retro computers and consoles to play on - with almost every game!

Simon

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Have a look here: http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?p=1136731&nojs=1

I work for a VR company (11+ years) called Maelstrom which formed after Virtuality died. I work with the designer of Dactyl Nightmare amongst others

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