A defunct company started by Tim Disney had an offshoot of gaming cockpits. Using high-grade collimated mirrors and beamsplitters it provide gamers the opportunity to multi-play in a enclosed cockpit and pilot a virtual craft in networked combat with other players. The Tesla II cockpits, are fully-enclosed, military-style simulators that feature seven
screens, over 90 control
systems, and a 12-speaker
surround sound audio system.
A full unit weighs around 400 lb, includes a sliding door for complete user isolation. Approx. 4 feet wide, 7.5 feet long and 7 feet high. Each contains an isolation transformer for AC isolation, and an Alienware server.
The video display resides on top facing down into the colluminating mirror for the beam-splitter. The shape of the cockpit is rounded for incredible acoustical effect and isolation from the outside.
All but the main virtual reality display are multifunctional (buttons). On each side of the seat, a flight joystick and a throttle. Two foot pedals.
These are well used as none have been manufactured for well over 15 years.
Nine full units plus two units with some parts missing and one part stripped unit. All 12 have the collimated mirrors and beamsplitters with door. In store sales, no shipping included.
There were earlier versions of the cockpits without mirrors in the 1990's. These were originally installed with Windows 2000. Yes, these are commonly associated with the MechWarrior 4 (Released in 2002).
The MFD's are bolted in from the front. The mirrors are accessible by a large panel next to the sliding door. It has a few bolts to remove the panel for cleaning. On the front, there is a cabinet that opens front and back for the Computer, audio amplifier, DC power supplies and controller.
These were built to last. Of the approximate 110 original, around 40 are running and even taken to sci-fi conventions around the country. More and more, these end up in private homes that have bowling alleys, theaters, and arcades.
As someone with simulator experience, these mirrors would only be useful for single pilot sims. Larger 2 pilot sims require a different style to prevent parallax between pilots.UPDATE:
Forgot all about this - these items were on e-Bay - the staff use to call me about the record number of inquiries and such. I will have to look it up, but it climbed to surpass 16K inquires. Tons of IM from around the globe.
In retrospect, there were offers, threats, pleadings (please donate them to our group), discussions, visits,
For those of you suspecting they were trouble - there is a group at a science fiction and such fair. They command something like $8.00 for each 6 minutes. New player in each one every 10 minutes.
That is 6X$8 ($48 per pod per hour) times 10 or around $480 per hour times 12 hours a day times a 7 day event.