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F1 Simulators Revealed 72

An anonymous reader writes "Racecar Engineering has posted an exclusive look inside the simulator of a leading grand prix team. Particularly interesting is that the Formula 1 team uses software based on the free simulator Racer (with source code available) albeit with a custom vehicle model and hardware interface via CAN-bus. The article highlights the importance that mainstream racing sims (rFactor, iRacing) have in simulation at the pinnacle of the worlds most advanced sport." Along similar lines, reader PatPending writes "Engineers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany (surely the greatest of all institutes) have turned a massive robot arm into a Ferrari F1 simulator, discovering a new strain of awesome in the process. The contraption, known as the CyberMotion Simulator, consists of an industrial robotic arm fitted with a racing seat, a force feedback steering wheel and a 3D simulation of the Monza Formula 1 track beamed from a projector on to a curved display."
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  • Not the first (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hcdejong ( 561314 ) <hobbes AT xmsnet DOT nl> on Sunday August 15, 2010 @08:59AM (#33256396)

    The CyberMotion Simulator isn't the first to use an industrial robot as the motion platform for a game. When I visited Legoland (Billund) in 2004, they had several robots set up as a thrillride, with the robot going through a user-programmable motion pattern.

  • Re:Glad to see (Score:2, Interesting)

    by DasIch ( 1879082 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @09:11AM (#33256426)
    On the other side the german economy has the biggest growth in europe with over 2%, looks we do get something right.
  • by NekSnappa ( 803141 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @09:14AM (#33256434)

    In another iteration of the company I work for (we've had a few mergers), one of the divisions ran a centrifuge for human factors research on pilots. Then someone had the bright idea to turn the technology, and software into an amusement park ride.

    It had an enclosed gondola with six axis movement and a display inside to show the environment that was being simulated. The arm spun at a constant rate, and with the gondola at a certain angle it could trick the inner ear to think you were sitting still while you were turning. And then by changing the the angle of the gondola in relation to the centrifugal force vector it could give the sensation of roll, pitch and yaw.

    Although the tech was cool, and some parks showed some interest. It never went anywhere because they couldn't figure out a way to get the throughput that the park operators where looking for.

    Sounds like that system would be the best of both methods mentioned in the summary.

  • by ed ( 79221 ) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @10:00AM (#33256600) Homepage

    David Coultard was about to race at Monaco, but he had never raced there before, so he fired up the Microprose F1 Grand Prix to get used to the course, and won it too!

  • Open Source? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 15, 2010 @10:03AM (#33256612)

    Slashdot using the OSI logo as their topic icon for a project which, on it's license page, states an awful lot of confused ideas about what open source might mean, seems a little odd, not to mention the whole not being released under an OSI recognised open source license thing. If people are going to write custom licenses i do wish they'd put some effort into it.

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