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Finger racing controller with force feedback

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by implexor, Jan 18, 2021.

  1. implexor

    implexor New Member

    Jan 18, 2021
    +1 / 0 / -0
    My Motion Simulator:

    I'm new here. I'm racing online and do not have a lot of room. Also I'm on the road sometimes and like to take my gaming setup with me, so I need a portable controller and a laptop. It's been a few years and I'm using this: This is basically an arduino, a potentiometer for steering, tensiometers for accelerator and breaks and a few buttons. Crap, but used a few times a week since 2015 and still works. I won't buy or build a wheel since actual racing is far of anyway and I just don't have the room for this at home.

    Now I've tried a few things here and there and think that I could get immersed more if I add force feedback on the wheel to the setup. So I'd like to build a new finger racing controller, but based on an electric motor with encoder instead of just potentiometer. I hope I'm going to get much more feedback from the wheels in RF2 and ACC so that I can feel the limit of the grip.

    I've read a bunch of manuals and howtos on how to build an actual force feedback wheel with arduino. So this is doable. I have a few ideas for a better chassis than a lunchbox :) so this is covered as well.

    The question that I actually have is what force of the electric motor should I look for "the limit" to be clearly felt, yet my fingers won't get blended into a pulp. Being able to feed the whole setup with a 5V / 1.0A from a USB port would be a plus as well.

    A googlable motor from my local provider would be DFR-09530, https://botland.store/dc-motors-wit...530-dc-motor-with-gear-6v-100rpm-encoder.html. Is this the right thing to start with, or would you look for something else? Or a small stepper motor + added encoder?
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  3. RacingMat

    RacingMat Well-Known Member Gold Contributor

    Feb 22, 2013
    Marseille - FRANCE
    +2,057 / 20 / -2
    My Motion Simulator:
    2DOF, DC motor, Arduino
    you're looking for a FFB rotating knob? interesting! :)

    Max. current :
    0.5 A (USB 2.0)
    0.9 A (USB 3.0)
    3 A (USB-C)