Robocoaster

By Deane Barker on July 27, 2005

ROBOCOASTER: This looks awesome. It’s essentially a huge robot arm that throws you around, like you were on a roller coaster, but you’re not going anywhere.

For the first time the unique ROBOCOASTER made by KUKA Roboter uses the advantages of an almost complete freedom of motion and high dynamics of an industrial robot within the line of leisure and amusement business.

Watch the videos — links are at the bottom of the front page. I want to go.

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Comments

  1. No way I’m getting on that without a protective cage or something. What if it just goes nuts and pushes you into or worse through the floor?

    Very cool though!

  2. This can’t be the first. I saw similar systems in Gameworks arcades years ago. Those had a robot arm and an enclosed pod for riders. The system projected virtual roller coaster imagery on the inside of the pod. Ride was expensive but looked fun if you’re into that sort of thing.

  3. This can’t be the first. I saw similar systems in Gameworks arcades years ago. Those had a robot arm and an enclosed pod for riders. The system projected virtual roller coaster imagery on the inside of the pod. Ride was expensive but looked fun if you’re into that sort of thing.

  4. Looked pretty funky, saw this on beyond tomorrow the other day. You can even choose what typed of motions you want it to do, what level ( i assume speed, bigger, faster spins etc on harder levels.

    Then when you choose what you want, or just picked an entensity level, or random.. it gives you a card with what you picked programmed onto it and then you walk up to any of the robots insert it in and away u go..

    They had some cool ones with screens infront of you that would follow your movements.. so it could look like your actually flying over mars terrain, through tunnels etc, the presenter looked pretty happy with the experience, but I don’t think it would be as fun as a really good roller coaster

  5. Have you seen the specs? Windows OS? mmmm…….. a blue screen of death when is spinning could be pretty bad…. imagine, 5 minutes spinning non stop until the unplug the thing (if it safe to do it, would it just drop the arm? )

    mmmm , does not sound convincing…

    • Microsoft Windows operating system
    • Internet connectivity
    • 8 in color VGA display
    • Comprehensive diagnostics embedded
    • Sound card and music output capability
    • User selectable language
    • Integrated system control sequencer

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