Thursday, November 26, 2015

Time for Cyber Monday sale

This time of year came again, the turkey is in the oven, but soon after the Thanksgiving dinner everyone will be out looking for their favorite deals.

This year I prepared an early special limited version of the 2016 AMC1280USB controller that will be available only to those that place their orders from now up to Monday, NOV 30, 23:59 PST time.

As additional gift into the discount, I'll provide for free the 6DOF 1A DC motor shield along the controller. Details about this shield were provided in previous blog post.

Please contact me for discounted pricing and shipping at


California, USA, 2015

Video updates of 6DOF platforms using AMC1280USB motion controller

I'll post here some new video updates over the last month of the 6DOF platforms that AMC1280USB owners made available.

These home (and professional) projects are becoming more and more perfect! Thanks guys for sharing your progress!

 DoctorD (Australia):

Assetto corsa with 6dof simulator Power by X-SIM

6dof Platform Test 3


HEXPOD from hexpod on Vimeo.


California, USA. 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bigger, better, stronger 6DOF platforms using AMC1280USB controller

Lately we see more and better DIY 6DOF platforms being build. The community is growing strong and the interest in 6DOF systems is bigger than ever. Its the only way to provide full immersion for motion simulation at the moment, that combined with other new technologies like the oculus rift or fully enclosed detailed cockpits can really make the difference. The times that desktop racers or flight enthusiasts were enjoying their simulation games or training for the real thing is past without return. Even older motion systems that provide 2DOF (seat movers) or 3DOF platforms are now the past, offering too little to the immersion of gaming.

Watch the new 6DOF systems in all their glory in the following videos (I'll be adding more the next days).

Fabio Benedetti
Dynamic. simulator.italia


Mr Simulator

Fabi Reason Online
6 DOF @ SH


Ignacy (Just a Quick Preview for now)

More to come soon.

San Diego, California, USA. @2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

TimeLapse of building the AMC1280USB motion controller

Just to show how long it takes to make one of these controllers... Its all built and assembled by hand...
Total time to make one (including testing) 3-4 hours...


San Diego, California, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

VRMotion Rocks

Fabian is developing now in 4 different categories, so his local peer has created a webpage to follow the different project separately.

Find more about Realtime Motion, Motion TV, Flyinside and Vection VR tests, 360 Video, all powered by the Thanos Board here:


San Diego, California, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10 years since first DIY motion controller

Time goes fast. It seems like yesterday when I started experimenting with realtime motion control.

Some highlights:

2005: First experiments with motion software for realtime motion control of flight sim:

2006: Introduction of DC motor controller for 2DOF racing simulators:

2007: A better and faster version with h-bridge based on Atmel chips:

2012: Made an inproved USB version of the 2DOF controller:

2012 (later): Build the first 6DOF motion controller (AMC644USB). My blog contains details for how this unfolded.

2013: Build the AMC1280USB controller with universal support for all kind of motors. 

Next milestone? 

San Diego, California, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Real-time 6DOF interface to the physical world is close

Hi all,

There are some good news coming for the DIY community. We all using simulation games for the motion simulators, but what if we want to get real time motion from a drone or RC vehicle and use that for feedback while we operate that vehicle remotely?

I mean its just for RC vehicles and quad drones for now, but what if someone had enough courage to bring it to big scale, like a remote operated car, and race from the safety perspective of a 6DOF Stewart platform cockpit? Not so unrealistic thought as someone might think. The technology for this to happen exists, Safety measures to ensure autopilot in case of emergency is already here....

Just to give you a glimpse of what the future will bring to us soon.

See the progress of putting the puzzle pieces together by Fabian:

And it can playback recorded motion/video as well!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Latest AMC1280USB hardware

I prepared a large batch the last days, and decided to take some photos of some of them in a try to update the blog page logo...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Fabi's Thanos Board Configurator 1.0 beta

Hi all!

Happy New Year!! May 2015 bring you closer to the affordable DIY 6DOF of your dreams!

After close collaboration with Fabian, we have now available a working version of Auto-Tuning system for the PID values of the AMC1280USB !!

See more info about it here:

The Fabi's Thanos Board Configurator Utility is now version 1.0Beta
The AMC1280USB is now version 2.0

The procedure is not fully automated yet, its Semi-Automatic, but Fabian provides the proper tools for the user to interact with the procedure and do the Pu measurements needed for the Ziegler–Nichols method calculations. The user just needs to start the motion of the motors, and measure in the integrated oscilloscope, the peaks produced by the overshooting motors with a few clicks on them. The utility, does all the frequency calculations and provides all needed information, After successful calculation it even loads the values in the AMC1280USB controller with one click!

Watch the video that describes the procedure and the rest of the features of this tool:

Here are some screenshots of the utility:

Now you can do changes on the AMC1280USB parameters remotely from the PC as well, instead of have to reach for the LCD menu:

Thanos, 2015
San Diego, California, USA