by Zhengqi Zhong
Virtual reality flight simulators have been used for decades to gain insight into the neuro-mechanical control of insect locomotion. Current designs are high-refresh-rate digital displays but offer a limited spatial resolution. We have developed a mechanically driven simulator system that permits a spatial resolution five times greater than current designs. We used a DC motor with PID control to drive a 3D printed virtual environment system and follow the predetermined position and velocity trajectories.