• Apr 11, 2010

Festo AirMotion Ride – Click above to watch video after the jump

Blogger Richard Lai from sister-site Engadget recently had a chance to try out the amazing Festo AirMotion Ride driving simulator chair. Festo had the new device set up at The Gadget Show Live in the UK and Richard couldn't resist giving it a spin. You can see a short video clip of that experience after the jump, but be forewarned, Lai asks ahead of time that no one judge his driving. We can't resist a little playful mocking and advise Richard to not quit his day job.

Aside from the atrocious driving, you can see the extreme movement possible with Festo's revolutionary "fluidic muscles." That's the name of Festo's elastomer tubes that contract when filled with fluid, producing forces of up to 1,600 Nm (1,180 lb-ft). Better yet, there are no mechanical parts inside, making them simpler to replace than the typical hydraulic plungers found on competing simulators from D-Box, Simcraft, Force Dynamics and Motion-Sim.

Follow the jump to see Festo's machine in action, and don't judge Richard too harshly.

[Source: Engadget]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      what about buying a (cheap) car and have some fun at the local track?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, pretty bad driving. But hey who knows it might actually be tough to keep it straight. As for the chair, looks pretty cool, although looks like you could end up with some pretty wicked whiplash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two things...

      A: He might want to get the suspension checked on that car... It bounces more than a 80's Buick.

      B: Why is there a ivory penis ejaculating a robo-butterfly on one of the plackards?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What game/sim was he playing? And what is the price, or estimated price, of this thing?

      Yeah, badly in need of a harness.

      Hopefully the price will be reasonable... some people have no access to a track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The movement is a bit exaggerated. Especially when shifting and braking. My Wrangler doesn't even have that much dive in it when braking hard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kinda reminds me of action movies where every hit during fight makes fancy sound effect and throws the bad guy across whole scene. :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      So who should I make the cheque out to?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too rubbery... too imprecise. You're just bouncing around in it like in a baby walker....
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was my same thought, it's just too crude. I can't see this appealing to any gamers that are big into sim racing, even if it is much cheaper than all the alternatives. The other thing I noticed is that it doesn't have a harness, this is an absolute must for any motion sim race seat, let alone one that acts like a mechanical bull.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it looks too imprecise compared to 'regular' hydraulics, but think about it - how 'precise' is the suspension and tyres on your actual car? It probably feels even more real due to the springiness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When there's a harness and a place to mount a gated shifter I might show more interest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Must....resist....Asian driver comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice if at acceptable price. There's one similar in market cost about $30K.
      anyway, a seat belt seems necessary
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't the monitor be attached to the chair?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The "atrocious driving" was intentional, obviously. How else could I have tested the machine's limits? ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude you're about 2 feet too close to the steering wheel! Back up some and try it again!
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