Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Taking apart

Front cut1

Today we continued to take things apart.
It seems easier than to actually build something.
We took the front out to make it easier to come in and out from where wwe will do most of the work now (electronics & Mechanics).

Pedals out

we took the pedals out (a lot of work on the braking system)

Wheel mount 1

We cusotmized the logitech FF steering wheel to connect it Directly to the car steering (to try and keep the Force Feedback system intact)- a lot more work is to be done on this.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Dash is out

Dash is out
Originally uploaded by ZeN workshop.

Today we took the remains of the front window glass out.
Did some vacuming...
Took the dash out (suprisingly easy) and the Gauges out - we're getting close to some real fun playing with the gauges electronics.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

RPM gauge is working with Nascar Racer 2003 Season

Today I wrote a small program that capture telemetry information from Papyrus Nascar Racer 2003 Season and move the servo engine in the RPM gauge accordingly. Click on the picture to download a clip to show it in action.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

We got a car!

Finally, after searching several junk yards, we were able to find a decent car that meets our requirements: full dashboard with all the plastics in place, a wheel, gear stick, handbrake and chair. No engine. No wheels. The car is a Renault Megane I probably 1997 or so.

The car that we got was invovled in an accedient so it has the airbags open.

The guy that brought us the car, just left it at the entrance to the driveway and we had to get it closer to the workshop entrance. Luckly, we had a forklift...

The hard part was getting into the workshop through the narrow entrance.

Finally, it was inside.

Next, we have to take apart the semi broken front window and clean the car.

Friday, April 22, 2005

The RVC behind Bars - Love at First sight?

At the Junk yard 2
Originally uploaded by ZeN workshop.

It was late
The junk yard was closed
I took a picture (it's the white one at the right)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

RPM gauge is working with Racer

Finally, after getting information about the hidden features of Racer, we were finally able to write a simple program in Java and receive the RPM information in real time. Whoo hooo!

You can click here to see a short clip..

Monday, April 11, 2005

Getting started

Zvika Netter and I met in Kinnernet 2005: Zvika has built the beautify MotoTank and I built a retro acrade system. At a 3am session we tried to think about ideas for new projects and decided to go with a car simulator that will be built inside a real car.