Festo AirMotion Ride Actuators
While there are more than a few lucky drivers who can claim they pilot a Lamborghini or Ferrari to work every day, most of us will have to rely on a joystick and a big TV to get behind the wheel of such vehicles. However, thanks to the new Festo AirMotion Ride Simulator, we can come pretty dang close to the real thing.
Alright, so that might be an exaggeration, but nonetheless the AirMotion Ride driving and flight simulator could be among the most realistic game racing seats to hit the market. Festo specializes in what they call "fluid muscles," which are basically polymer tubes that contract when fluid is passed through them. According to the designers, each one is capable of producing in excess of 1500N of force.
By using just six of these fluid muscles, Festo was able to make the AirMotion Ride go in nearly every direction you would if you were driving the real thing. To keep everything as realistic as possible, a 5.1 surround sound system was also installed on the AirMotion Ride. Visual stimulus is provided by a projector mounted behind and above the drivers head.
Festo AirMotion Ride
It may seem like overkill, but for some gamers and driving enthusiasts this is like a portable Valhalla with a great sound system. Festo is already working on ways to make the AirMotion Ride even more realistic, so expect the next iteration to be even more thrilling to jump into for a few virtual laps.