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Introduction to VR Systems in FORUM8 Tokyo Head Office Showroom

Virtual Showroom

Digital Signage System
Forum8 is located on the 21st floor of Shinagawa Intercity Tower A. When you enter the entrance next to the elevator hall, you will see a large screen comprising 6 wall-mounted monitors next to the reception desk. A total of 6 full HD LCD panels (3 horizontal x 2 vertical) make up one large screen, on which a movie introducing the award-winning works from the 3D VR contests is played in loops, giving visitors a real sense of the wide range of applications for VR. Look to the left and you will see a large number of VR systems on display.

VR Motion Seat
UC-win/Road Customization System + VR Motion Seat
Wearing a Head-Mounted Display, visitors can experience a ride on a virtual roller coaster set up in a VR space in front of Shinagawa Station. The VR Motion Seat reproduces dynamic movements combining pitch (forward and backward tilt), roll (left and right tilt) and heave (up and down movement) in cooperation with each other in the VR space, allowing you to experience realistic movements. It can also be used to experience the level of comfort when riding in a car or an earthquake.

VR360 Simulator
UC-win/Road Customization System + VR360
VR360 Simulator allows you to experience dynamic movements by wearing a Head-Mounted Display and sitting in a seat that spins around to reproduce pitch and roll movements. Pitching is 50 degrees up and down, rolling is 360 degrees left and right, and you can experience the acrobatics of flying in all directions between obstacles on the lake.

Driving Simulator
UC-win/Road DrivingSim + Driving Simulator (+ Motion device)
Drive simulators can be configured according to the purpose of use, installation space, budget, etc., and can also be customized to change the vehicle motion model or to link with users' hardware and software in real time. Drive simulator systems are being used by universities and car manufacturers for research and development, education, training, advertisements and PR, and amusement. The system uses real car parts, so the experience is very similar to that of a real car, and the steering wheel and seat can be changed to suit a particular vehicle model. The motion system can be adjusted to reproduce 2, 3 or even 6 degrees of freedom, depending on the purpose. In addition, it is possible to integrate a torque controllable steering system into FORUM8's drive simulator, which can then be customized to enable precise fine control of force-feedback and friction forces. In our showroom, we have a demonstration unit for this steering system, which can be used for automatic driving demonstrations and for a driving experience especially after switching to manual driving mode.

Snow Blower Simulator
UC-win/Road Customization System
The Snow Blower Simulator can be used for driver training and safety education for special vehicles. NICHIJO's Snow Blower Simulator, which won the Idea Award at the 18th 3D VR Simulation Contest (2019), is a simulator for training the operation of rotary snow blowers. It combines a steering wheel, pedals, buttons and levers that mimic those of a real vehicle, and displays various meters through a Head-Mounted Display to reproduce a realistic driving environment and a realistic feeling of operating a snow blower.

Safe Driving Simulator
UC-win/Road DrivingSim + Safe Driving Simulator
The Safe Driving Simulator, which has been certified by Japan's National Police Agency and approved for use in driving schools across Japan, allows the user to experience driving, and have his/her driving skills evaluated for improvement, against standards and guidelines set by the Japan Traffic Management Technology Association. The instructor can start, stop, monitor and replay the student's driving. We plan to propose its use in driver education and training for driving schools nationwide, as well as in occupational theory and rehabilitation for medical use.
 ▲Stopping at an intersection

Train Simulator
UC-win/Road Customization System
The master controller and brakes in the cab are from the real train. Meters simulate the vehicle dynamics model and control mechanisms of a real railway car, reproducing the realistic movement of the needle. The side monitor provides a side view and the platform monitor displays safety information from the driver's seat. As an option, the train simulator can be customized to work with a conductor, to give commands from the control room, and to generate various events. Also on display is a compact miniature railway simulator using a model cab, allowing visitors experience controlling a train at their desk by operating the model's levers.

Bicycle Simulator
UC-win/Road + CycleStreet Linkage Plugin
By detecting the number of revolutions and steering angle of the rear wheel of a bicycle, it is possible to drive a bicycle in VR space. The system can be used for research on road markings and signs to guide and warn cyclists, for planning their installation and for safety education. The system is also used for research into traffic safety and planning by involving a driving simulator and a walking simulator within the same simulation.

Ship-handling Simulator
UC-win/Road Customization System
The experience of maneuvering a vessel with the rudder wheel is possible and involves maneuvering the vessel around the bay between buoys in Yokohama harbour, while paying attention to the operation of large vessels. Various applications are possible, such as training for crews, simulation of port facilities, navigation signs and lighthouses, and evaluation of visibility and scenery. The ship-handling simulator is used for full-scale training and research at AKISHIMA LABORATORIES (MITSUI ZOSEN) INC., which won the Excellence award in the 17th 3D VR Simulation Contest (2018).

Air Driving&Cluster System
UC-win/Road Cluster Plugin + Kinect Plugin
This system combines a 6K multi-cluster signage system consisting of 6 large full HD monitors and an infrared depth sensor. The cluster system uses one PC per screen to calculate the VR space, so that even with a large screen configuration, the VR simulation can be performed without compromising performance. In this case, seven PCs, including the master PC, work together to display a large screen image, allowing the operator to perform a driving simulation using only gestures.
This is achieved by detecting the operator's skeleton using an infrared depth sensor installed in front of the screen, and mapping the movements of the arms and legs to the steering wheel, accelerator and brake operations.

Brain-Wave Driving Simulator
UC-win/Road Mindwave Plugin Option + Mindwave Mobile (Neuro Sky Co.,Ltd.)
The data from the EEG sensor is converted into a psychological state, which is then associated with the accelerator and brake operation. The system simulates driving by accelerating when the user concentrates and decelerating when the user relaxes. The steering wheel operation is automatic, so the user can concentrate on acceleration and deceleration. In this way, it is possible to propose a solution that combines VR and bio-signal sensors for medical and other bio-sensing systems. In the hands-on demo, participants navigate a narrow road along a Bolivian cliff, where trucks come and go. An oncoming truck! Falling rocks! Enjoy the thrill of this tour.

Earthquake Simulator
UC-win/Road Customization System
It calculates the physical response of a building or multiple objects in a room to the shaking of an earthquake waveform and represents it in VR. The weight, friction coefficient, repulsion coefficient and sound effects can be set for each object to create a realistic representation. Using earthquake waveforms from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, we have reproduced the tumbling, activity and shaking of showroom exhibits during an earthquake.
 Before earthquake  After earthquake

Physical Model and VR System
3D Engineering Service ? UC-win/Road Physical Model and VR System
We offer a 3D model output service using a 3D printer. 3D model projection mapping system using the VR function of UC-win/Road allows you to set up a virtual camera in the same VR space as the one used to output the 3D model, and project the image onto the 3D model from a projector placed in the same place in real space. The image is then projected onto the 3D model from a projector placed at the same location in real space. This system combines the advantages of the model, which gives a bird's eye view of the whole, with the advantages of VR, which allows the user to express any point of view or environment. You can point at any point on the model with a laser pointer and view the landscape in any direction from there in VR, or trigger an event when you point at a specific location.

Projection Mapping Table
UC-win/Road Customization System
This is a general-purpose full-surround projection mapping table, which projects images from four directions around the model placed in the centre of the table, and from the top from a total of five directions, and an embedded LCD display on the floor, which can display images of the floor. A 3D printed white model of the car is projected with textured images of the car body, which change from time to time in design, to show the freedom of driving in a space that changes freely as only VR can, from rural landscapes to the air, urban spaces and tunnels.

Train Simulator VR
Game Development Service, Suite Chidori EngineTM
In May 2020, FORUM8 released the Japan-made cross-platform 3D game engine "Suite Chidori Engine". It is free for non-commercial and personal use and can be used for programming education and other purposes. We will be releasing a number of games using the Suite Chidori Engine in the future, and we hope that you will find it useful in your development. In the showroom, you can try the train driving game developed by FORUM8. Linked with a Head Mounted Display, you can look 360 degrees around you, so make sure to take a look around you before you drive the train. The interior of the train is realistic, the instruments around the driver's seat and the carriages are retro. What makes it unique is the immersive nature of VR. The view from the driver's seat is exactly what you see.

Virtual Showroom

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID, a number of exhibitions in Japan and abroad have been cancelled or postponed since February 2020. This time, we would like to open the exhibition on paper by showing you our showroom. We have also developed a virtual showroom to provide a more familiar experience. In the future, we will continue to respond to the social situation and plan a variety of convenient and useful solutions. Stay tuned.


Virtual Showroom
(Up&Coming July 2020)