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Your typical fake cockpit simulator has limited manoeuvrability, but this high-speed robot arm can move in multiple axis at the same time, accurately recreating the feeling of flying including the extreme g-forces that come with it.
“Welcome aboard, Captain,” my co-pilot Julian said to me this morning as I stepped into the cockpit of a Boeing 737-800, the world’s most popular commercial aircraft. Despite a complete lack of training and experience, I strapped myself in, adjusted my harness and confidently got ready to take control. At least I knew I couldn’t crash…
Four years in the making, the Acadalus tripod head uses motors and an inclinometer to relieve you of fiddling and make sure your shots are absolutely, positively straight. Of course, that perspectival perfection comes at a price: $US5000.
Much like the multi-million dollar jet systems that inspired it, the Saitek Pro Flight X65F joystick/throttle system for PCs doesn’t move at all. That’s right, not an inch, and yet the controls were compared to mind control. [ars technica]
This is the HD World, an amazing ultra-high definition military F-16 simulator that runs on 120 Intel Dual Core PCs with $US400 graphic cards inside a special industrial casing. Looking at the video, I want one in my living room.