• Aug 25, 2007
Home racing games have come a long way since Pole Position, with controllers providing feedback to virtual drivers, while true to life graphics and vehicle driving dynamics making the action feel much more real. Microsoft has even engineered some real-life smoke from their official steering wheel, even though the software giant from Redmond, Washington really wishes the problem didn't exist.

The pneumatic experts at Festo have taken a big step towards making the most real-life racing game experience, and the extent of on-road feel of their new contraption looks very impressive. Festo uses Fluidic Muscles and mechatronic systems to give users a true sensation of either driving or flying, depending on the software being used. It's really more of an industrial simulator than a game, and we're pretty sure it costs a bit more than a Playstation 3. Either way, we'll need to come up with a business case to AOL for buying one for the Autoblog team. You can check out a video of the Festo system after the jump.

Thanks for the tip, thesawzall!



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is cool... all they need now is some sort of remote control device where it allows you to connect virtually... pow realistic driving games right there!

      http://www.everything-rc-cars.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks amazing...

      but it sure will cost more than a ps3.

      but i´ll be glad to sell my entire dvd collection for this...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eh. I'm conflicted. First of all, G25 for the win. It's a fantastic wheel. But why didn't these guys get a seat that allows them to mount the 6-speed gated shifter (w/reverse and physical reverse lockout!) on there?

      These motion chairs never satisfy, because you cannot create sustained G-forces. If you push the pedal, it can't push you into your seat, if you hit the brakes, it can't thrust you out of the seat, and when you make a sweeping turn, there's no side forces. These things can only replicate jiggle, not g-forces.

      The muscle-like actuators themselves look nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      He braked with his left foot :O
        • 7 Years Ago
        it is easier to keep high revolutions that way... you brake, but you don´t have to low so many gears.


        practice that on the track... the street is not ready for that. I know so
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drove with something like this at a Festival. My Hands still hurt ;) Amazing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      All fun 'n games until a hydraulic seal busts and ruins your Italian shoes...


      And your skin.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is operated by pneumatics ( Air Pressure ), not hydrolics
      • 7 Years Ago
      Electric Linear Actuators; no hydraulics. Very cool and useful devices in their own right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Besides the paddles, the Logitech G25 steering wheel used there has a 6 speed manual shift lever with H pattern, separated from the wheel, which can be used as a H shifter or as a sequential shifter.

      That's an awesome setup. I would be happy with a virtual chassis, even without the hydraulics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah the guys face is quite... I'm not sure, is it smug? I think I'd be smirking and always looking slightly upwards after that thing blew my mind too.

      I'll admit I know absolutely nothing about these "fluidic muscle" contraptions but I think they're freakin' neat. Next up: actual, giant walking robots? please?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did i catch that right...is autoblog part of AOL?
      • 7 Years Ago
      rgseidl, you're absolutely right. I had a steering wheel for my PSone and it was very easy to transfer my experience in it when I took my driving lessons later.

      Also, looking at the picture on the first page of this blog, He's driving position, the way he's sitting too close and with his arm bent at 90deg; it's very difficult to control and very uncomfortable at the same time. Also, his expression... :D
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