Drive suggestions took off in an enormous means within the late 90s, bringing a way of realism to flight sticks and racing wheels that hadn’t been there earlier than. Its cheaper haptic cousin was rumble suggestions through vibration motors, which does add somewhat one thing nevertheless it’s extra an concept of a sense than something related to actual life. It’s additionally often fairly weak, but [teenenggr] has a way around that.
The construct takes a daily Ps controller, and disconnects the interior rumble motors. The controller’s motor output is as a substitute linked to an Arduino Uno’s digital enter. When the Arduino detects the rumble motor sign switching on, it activates a relay, supplying energy to a hefty one horsepower induction motor, fitted with an eccentric weight.
What occurs subsequent is pure chaos. Primarily equal to throwing a brick in a washer, the motor shakes the whole desk on the slightest trace of rumble alerts from the acquire. Sustained vibration instructions, reminiscent of when firing machine weapons in Crysis, flung [teenenggr]’s monitor from the desk. Even with it taped down, recreation play shortly grew to become not possible as he inadvertently hits ALT-Tab and leaves the sport whereas attempting to hold on to the desk for pricey life.
Is it a helpful hack? No, however it might make a wonderful prank if bolted beneath your pal’s gaming rig for amusing. With that stated, the extraordinary vibration in all probability gained’t do any good for mechanical laborious drives, something with edge connectors, or simply their pc generally. It’s an enormous step up from the final [teenenggr] challenge we featured – a rumble feedback mouse. Video after the break.