VR Driver Simulation Prototype – An Introduction to “Moki”

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill

NOTE: From 2019, this website is not being updated, until some issues are resolved. But be assured development continues unabated! The best ways to achieve the intended goals have become clearer from prototype work, and the path forward will involve different IP and funding to that originally conceived. The following is the early stages journey:

In Aug 2016 a start was made to build a proof-of-concept prototype. Here is a pictorial summary of this amazing story. Kellie jokingly christened it “Moki” as it has somewhat assumed “the other woman” status, given the time spent in the workshop on it! Turns out this cutsie name is now a generic NZ Maori term for raft, but originally meaning a large raft built from disparate materials in preparation for more difficult voyages to unknown / far-off places. How apt!

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

Most Recent Video (Scroll to bottom of page for more)

17/05/17 (3 min) Maiden Voyage with Chris – 1st ever human passenger. Some rough edges, eg controller stickiness (better potentiometers coming), clunking from base pads (will put elastomeric membrane under them), and the accumulator is not yet fitted and will make it faster and smoother when it is. But not bad for a first go! Further experimentation soon resolved minor glitches and “clunkiness”, but you will see all that in a future video when other items completed…

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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Main Construction Phase
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  • Journey began at Pickles Auctions

  • Bit squeezy, but got it in the shed.

  • Dismantling continues

  • Dismantling starts

  • engine - going into a dune buggy in Wollongong

  • front view @ going live

  • left front corner view @ going live

  • A look inside Moki, cute eh?

  • proof stiffening solution excellent

  • a lot of angle grinding => front sub-frame cut off

  • That Bunnings Ozito 9 inch angle grinder is a real beauty

  • front panels went to a panel beater in Brisbane

  • custom fitting cabin main hanger point

  • main arm being assembled

  • Car cabin carrying frame welding

  • fitting car cabin support frame

  • tilt cylinder

  • Front view of engine bay

  • right side view @ going live

  • left back view @ going live

  • left rear corner view @ going live

  • How to weigh a car with bathroom scales...

  • how heavy stuff moves around

  • Rear support points with anti-compression spacers

  • main support frame legs being drilled

  • Main support frame welding

  • trial assembly positioning, rear

  • trial assembly positioning, side

  • 600kg / wheel nylon wheel install

  • trial assembly positioning, side

  • main arm twist reversal tensioning

  • trial assembly positioning, rear

  • Safely getting 220kg stiffening structure on

  • stiffening solution in progress

  • stiffening system nearly ready to go on

  • Stiffening, left corner view

  • Stiffening, right corner view

  • turn cylinder, view from outside

  • bounce cylinder

  • Stiffening, right side view

  • turn cylinder, view from inside

  • Right side view with cylinders

  • right rear side view @ going live

  • rear view @ going live

  • right rear corner view @ going live

  • left rear view @ going live

  • right top rear corner view @ going live

  • Moki front cleaned up; she's nearly ready to go...

  • Moki front cleaned up; she's keen to go, but not quite there yet...

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Hydraulic System Components
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  • Second hand 10HP hydraulic power pack from SA

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  • SupplyHoses

    SupplyHoses

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  • Hydraulic Powerpack Relocation

  • Hydraulic tank nearly ready

  • Hydraulic Powerpack banished for being too noisy

  • Hydraulic Accumulator Fitted

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas A. Edison

Electrical System Components
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  • PC & VR Accessories

  • Main controller peripherals

  • The brains - Arduino Mega + Network card

  • VR Equipment - Vive

  • Controller PC - 01

  • Controller PC - 02

  • Controller PC - 03

  • Controller PC - 04

  • VR Equipment - Oculus

  • Left Bounce Cyl Position Sensor - 2

  • Right Bounce Cyl Position Sensor - 1

  • Right Bounce Cyl Position Sensor - 2

  • Left Bounce Cyl Position Sensor – 1

  • 4 outlet GPO for PC Supply

  • RCD power in, GPO, Vibro-mot controller

  • 120W Vibro-motor (needs relocating)

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein

Operational Phase
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  • Range testing 04

  • Range testing 05

  • Forward Tilt Plenty Of Range - Front View

  • Range Testing 01

  • Kellie meets Moki

  • Looking good Kellie, how's the hair?

  • simulated simulation going well.

  • The girls seem to be getting on famously

  • The Vive VR headset goes on

  • Are we there yet?

  • Simulated Simulator Experience

  • King Jack's Beautiful Rock-n-Roll Swoonmobile

  • King Jack, 120kg Tilt Test Dummy (apologies to Andy Kim's lyrics!)

  • Range Testing 06 - Whoops!

  • Range Testing 06 - Problem, What Problem!

  • Jack Gets Legless After A Few 1 Second Tilts!

  • Let Loose at Spotlight, not sure where its all going...

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” – Wade Boggs

Videos(Scroll to top of page for most recent)
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15/05/17 (2 min) Demo run now main hydraulic issues sorted. Accumulator not yet fitted and it will be even faster and smoother when that happens. But need to do detailed trials to determine best system pressure first, then can charge accumulator to suit and fit it.

19/03/17 (15sec) She Moves, She Moves!!! But not much due to wrong part supplied…

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” – Albert Einstein