Finnish sim racing equipment manufacturer, Simucube, made a revolutionary new sim racing peripheral, the ActivePedal. The device combines a load cell with a force feedback system and does not use springs, rubber or hydraulic mechanisms. It can deliver vibration, allowing the driver to experience sensations such as anti-locking braking system pulsations and traction control inputs. In addition, it can function as a throttle or a clutch. Making it a versatile addition to any sim racing setup.
The ActivePedal features a unique build and feedback system. With a pedal mounted to a longitudinal chassis and a moveable arm equipped. Also with a load cell that moves across the linear axis. A feedback motor is housed in the arm, delivering vibration or feedback to the driver. Due to its lack of traditional moving parts, Simucube claims that zero maintenance is required, and performance should remain consistent throughout its lifespan.
Tweaking of various parameters
Simucube has developed proprietary software that allows the tweaking of various parameters, including the level of input force, vibration frequency, and movement range. There is a suite of profiles that can be edited in greater detail. The software creates the sensation of a spring via electronic control.
The company also uses the term “active pedals” to describe the product, suggesting a whole new type of pedal, rather than just a new product. Tero Kontkanen, Co-Founder and CTO of Simucube, said, “We believe that in the long run, active pedals will have an even greater impact in sim racing than direct drive wheels.”
Start of an all-new genre
While the specific model is called the ActivePedal, there is no doubt that it represents the start of an all-new genre. The lack of traditional moving parts means that zero maintenance is required, and performance should remain consistent throughout its lifespan. The final prices for the Simucube ActivePedals are expensive but reservations are open, and if you have the means, they are definitely worth considering. Simucube suggests that the price may go down in the future, as with most new technology.
In summary, the Simucube ActivePedal is a game-changer in the sim racing world. With its load cell and force feedback system, lack of moving parts, and versatile use, it is a must-have for any sim racing enthusiast looking for a unique and immersive experience. The proprietary software allows for customization and precise control, giving the user the opportunity to tailor the feedback to their liking. While it is expensive, the benefits and unique features of the ActivePedal make it a sound investment for serious sim racers.
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