Serious Labs, a company that develops virtual reality (VR) solutions for training and operation
of heavy equipment, has a new Universal Motion Base (UMB) for seated VR heavy equipment
simulators. The UMB, says the company, has been designed as the common foundation for the
development of additional VR equipment simulators, including those for skid steer loaders, dozers, excavators, and backhoes—as well as for vehicles, such as buses and trucks.
The UMB includes as standard an operator’s seat, custom-tuned D-Box actuator system for motion-feedback, and a slide-lock attachment system, which is focused on operator comfort
during equipment training. The UMB’s design, says the company, provides logical options for
equipment controls, including a steering column or control handles, multiple pedal options, and
attachment points on either side of the operator to accommodate all future equipment types.
According to the company, when it develops additional equipment simulators on top of the
UMB, the D-Box actuator system will be tuned to match that equipment’s personality and feel,
ensuring that it provides critical motion queuing, thus helping to mitigate the problem
“cybersickness.” The UMB marks Serious Labs’ entrance into developing VR simulators for dirt-moving equipment, and the company will introduce task-based scenarios for tool interaction
with a dynamic terrain.