SimCraft in GA Tech publication: Research Horizons

02/25/2008
Video games are a pervasive form of entertainment -- and a lucrative industry that Georgia Tech is helping grow.

Beyond Entertainment -- Sparking innovation in hardware, SimCraft – a member company of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) – is introducing a low-cost, military-grade, full-motion simulator that provides a simulated G-force for SimRacing and FlightSim at home.

SimCraft’s system features a patent-pending chassis that rotates around three degrees of freedom. At its most advanced setup, the system allows the cockpit’s occupant to yaw up to 50 degrees to the left and right, pitch up to 30 degrees fore and aft, and roll up to 50 degrees port and starboard.

“Some experts believe that the physical, tactile element is the most significant factor affecting the realism of any vehicle simulation, ” says Sean MacDonald, SimCraft’s CEO. “A sense of realism is particularly important if you’re using a simulator for training, because it makes learning more intuitive and fun – and consequently more efficient.”

Initially, the company is focusing on simulations for amateur race car drivers and general aviation pilots because they receive dual benefits in both training and entertainment at home.

“Since racing and flying are so expensive, a simulator allows enthusiasts in these hobbies to subsidize actual racing or flying with realistic simulation,” says MacDonald. “It is a safe, convenient and cost-effective way for them to enjoy their hobby and get better at it in the comfort of their home.”

SimCraft’s technology also has broad applications that include more generalized video gaming entertainment and military defense training.

Read the full story: Not Your Dad's Nintendo

photo by Gary Meek
SimCraft simulator
Sean MacDonald, CEO of SimCraft, demonstrates the company's full-motion simulator.

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