RoboCoaster G2 - Extreme Robot Roller Coaster
RoboCoaster G2, the next generation of roller coaster ride, was demonstrated in Orlando on Friday. The secret of RoboCoaster G2 - it's the only industrial-grade robot available as an amusement park ride, and it now travels on a track that can be made to any configuration.
The RoboCoaster G2 has a number of degrees of freedom: the arm has a full range of motion while the seat module at the end of the arm can spin, move side-to-side, or up-and-down. As seen below in this mural, the RoboCoaster G2 can be used to help you experience your favorite science fiction scenario.
RoboCoaster G2 can be programmed for specific ride parameters depending on the desires of the passenger - from mild (parents, take note) to extreme (you know who you are). It is a highly flexible system, unlike most roller coaster rides that simply take passengers in identical cars along the same path.
"Riders can be saved by superheroes, soar past galaxies, or experience adventures from around the world on RoboCoaster G2," explains Ron Kelly, President, AMEC's Dynamic Structures business. "The first amusement park to have RoboCoaster will make roller coaster history."
I've never quite seen anything like this in science fiction (even though it might help you experience science fiction). But if you like immersive entertainment, sf writers have envisioned these environments for decades. For examples, read about the alien-designed rifle range from Way Station and dimensino from Time is the Simplest Thing, both classic novels from the 1960's by Clifford Simak.
RoboCoaster G2 is the result of a collaboration between roller coaster builder AMEC and industrial robot manufacturer KUKA Roboter. AMEC has designed, fabricated and installed such roller coaster rides as Space Mountain and Spiderman at major amusement parks.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 11/22/2004)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 18 )
Related News Stories -
Emoti-Chair Lets You Hear Through Your Skin
'Take hold of these knobs on the arms of your chair...'- Aldous Huxley, 1932.
It's Boonta Eve! You Can Podrace With Drones
Pretty amazing event from France.
Microsoft RoomAlive - Your Basement Is The Game
'Enoch walked over to a panel ... and thumbed a tumbler, then stepped quickly out into the center of the room... '- Clifford Simak, 1963.
Microsoft Patents Immersive Display
'Almost every home had its dimensino room...' - Clifford Simak, 1961.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Brick By Brick, Building Martian Bases
Don't try to boost everything from the surface of the Earth.
SpotMini Robot Pierson's Puppeteer-Style
Now they're kind of cute, right?
Elon Musk et. al. OpenAI Household Robot
'Any work a human being does around a house.'
BRUISE Smart Injury Detection Suit
'... Bee could see that three of them were disabled and two of them damaged.'
Tesla Model S Is Also A Boat (Sort Of)
'This Dick Dare contraption of yours...'
Promobot, The Runaway Russian Robot!
'Got yourself a runaway, Jack?'
Rowbot Small Autonomous Farm Robot
'...The tiny red glints of self-guided tractors.'
Amazon's Alexa To Recognize Emotions
Oh, Hal understood their emotions, all right.
Cool 'Single-Person Spaceships' Have Better SF Name
'A cabin so small, you couldn't stand up with the air lock closed..'
First Robot Suicide Has Science Fiction Roots
'What had happened to prevent my death?'
First US Clinical Trial For Wearable Artificial Kidney
'Wholly mechanical organs...'
Open Bionics To Produce Deus Ex Prosthetic Designs
Be a part of a science fictional future.
Human-Carrying Drone Taxi 184 Approved For Test Flights
'The cab was an egg-shaped bubble...'
Skating On Mars' Frozen Pools
'They went down, put on their skates, and started.'
Google Working On A 'Cutoff Switch' For AI
'A remote control, so you can pull the plug on Hal whenever you want to.'
Vi Artificially Intelligent Personal Trainer
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories