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Old 04-06-2014, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hi everybody!

I was planning to add motion to my simpit for a long time, but since the SimXperience GS-4 G-seat is a bit too expensive for me and I didn't get any reply from the guys at Ivibe, I decided to build my own DIY G-Seat:



It is able to simulate acceleration in all three dimensions: positive/negative Gs, acceleration/deceleration and yaw.
You can find a short description and some more pictures of it on my simpit website: http://meintourenbuch.net/simpit/g-seat

Anybody with similar projects (or the wish of building a seat like this for him/herself) and in need of some help or advice, feel free to contact me!

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Old 04-06-2014, 02:41 PM   #2
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That actually looks pretty neat. Thanks for the info. So does it work well for you? Is there much of a difference felt in-game?
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damn...that's impressive!
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:48 PM   #4
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Hi everybody!

I was planning to add motion to my simpit for a long time, but since the SimXperience GS-4 G-seat is a bit too expensive for me and I didn't get any reply from the guys at Ivibe, I decided to build my own DIY G-Seat:

You can find a short description and some pictures of it on my simpit website: http://meintourenbuch.net/simpit/g-seat

Anybody with similar projects (or the wish of building a seat like this for him/herself) and in need of some help or advice, feel free to contact me!
Linky not working at the moment. would like to check this out.
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Linky not working at the moment. would like to check this out.
Works fine for me?
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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me too now... must've been a DNS issue with my provider. I couldn't resolve to some other websites, (new ones, not in cache). Now, all is ok...

to the OP, that does look very nice!
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:33 PM   #7
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This looks pretty neat. I have experienced couple seat tilting systems and they were simply awful as the tilt was about 0.5 sec behind what happened in screen and therefore the effect felt as very disturbing random shaking. I can't imagine a suitably high grade tilting system can be made that would be fast enough and not injure the user and that would feel as lateral acceleration instead of tilting. As such I have been hoping that this kind of systems would be developed.

How much latency there is in the system? I'm pretty certain it can be made pretty fast but how hard it would be, what it would take? Having some kind of sensory feedback through skin would be very useful even if it doesn't feel exactly like the real thing as long as it's not uncomfortable and the difference between different directions and strengths can be felt and response is fast enough.
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Can you post a Video of it in action ? would love to see it work
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Thanks for your replies!

@ MacFevre: the difference to a non-moving sim is (in my opinion) remarkable! I figured the seat would improve immersion but I didn't expect it to be so strong and realistic! Especially "pulling Gs", where all four flaps move together is great fun! I am also very happy that I did include the seat belts (they tension under negative Gs or when decelerating). When flying inverted it really feels like hanging upside down in the seat!

@ Bushmanni: I haven't measured or calculated latency. If there is any, I'm not able to recognize it while flying. The onset of Gs and all other forces is instantaneous, so is for example the kick at a not-so-smooth touchdown. I do know pretty good how accelerations feel in real flight, so I knew what to aim for when constructing the seat. But of course it will never be 100% realistic! What G-seats completely lack is the acceleration felt by the head, or in the stomach for example. You won't black out too, but as already said - it feels quite good!

@ slowhand: a video of the seat is in progress, I'm going to post it here when its finished!
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:42 PM   #10
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This sounds/looks awesome mate. Think you'll be making these up for buyers or provide full info on how to build one? Ta
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